Year By Year

1970s

Revives performing career briefly by making a few live appearances and by releasing albums. Continues writing with Henry Mancini and other younger composers.

1971

Eighteenth “Best Song” Academy Award nomination for “Life Is What You Make It” written with Marvin Hamlisch (from the film Kotch).

First “Best Song” Golden Globe Award for “Whistling Away the Dark” written with Henry Mancini (from the film Darling Lili).

Inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1972

Second “Best Song” Golden Globe Award for “Life Is What You Make It” written with Marvin Hamlisch (from the film Kotch).

1974

The Good Companions, Mercer’s last theatrical work, opens in London. A collaboration with André Previn, the show was based on J.B. Priestley’s novel of the same name.

While in London records last two albums, produced by Ken Barnes.

1975

Undergoes surgery for a brain tumor (October).

1976

Mercer dies (June 25), following months of confinement as a result of surgery.