New Johnny Mercer Musical Discovered!

New Johnny Mercer material has been found in Key West, Florida. Ellen Steininger, daughter-in-law to the late composer Franz Steininger, had in her Key West apartment a complete script, a book of lyrics, and reel-to-reel demo tapes of the songs for an unpublished musical called Three Arabian Knights. The musical was a collaborative project from the 1960s between Franz Steininger and Johnny Mercer, who can be heard singing on the demo tapes.

Three Arabian Knights Materials

Three Arabian Knights Materials

Bobby Nesbitt performed some of these newly discovered songs in January at the Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theater at The College of the Florida Keys, and now the materials have been donated to the Georgia State University Special Collections & Archives. They will be preserved with the rest of the Johnny Mercer Collection and made available for researchers and for the general public.

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