Year by Year

1909

Born in Savannah, Georgia (November 18) to attorney and real estate investor George Anderson Mercer, Jr. and Lillian Ciucevich Mercer.

My Aunt Hattie told me that when I was a baby six months old she’d hum to me and I’d hum right back at her.” - Johnny Mercer

1909-1922

Spends childhood in Savannah (the family lived on East Hall Street; later, they moved to Gwinnett Street), with summers at Vernon View. Evidence of Johnny’s Southern roots, his appreciation for nature, and love of family resonate through his work. His lyrical and musical influences were drawn from the scenic countryside, the sounds of regional African-American music, the concerts he attended in Forsyth Park, and dances on Isle of Hope and Tybee Island.

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