Oregon Festival of American Music 2016
Skylark
Johnny Mercer & World War II
Sat, Aug 13, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Marriott Residence Inn
No single songwriter had more hits during the WWII years than the fellow who wrote the song for which we named our 2016 tribute to the popular music of WWII, Johnny Mercer. It could simply be that his career was hitting its peak exactly during the war years, or it could be the down-home demeanor of his songs, or their upbeat spirit. For whatever reason, Mercer songs were everywhere, and a huge number of them were at the top of the charts. And as a singer and entertainer as well, Mercer also contributed to the war effort directly, mostly as a part of the AFRS radio broadcasts -- his Johnny Mercer's Music Shop, which ran 1944-45, featured him, Jo Stafford, the Pied Pipers with June Hutton, and an occasional guest artist like backed by Paul Weston and his orchestra were sharp, upbeat affairs that always kicked off "Hi there fellas, hope you feel tip top. This is Johnny Mercer and his music shop! All you soldiers, sailors and marines out there, All you gals in the service, we're on the air!...Hope we get your steady vote, we remain yours truly, unquote!"
Jesse and company dedicate this afternoon concert to a swell selection from the master of down-home "aw-shucks" and "positive". Look for such classics as "Blues In The Night", "That Old Black Magic", "Skylark", "You Were Never Lovelier", "Jeepers Creepers", "My Shining Hour", "Tangerine", "One For My Baby", "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive", of course "G.i. Jive" and more!
Event Personnel
Directors
Jesse Cloninger, director
Vocalists
Musicians
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Howard Alden, guitar
Larry Fuller, piano
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Lynn Seaton, bass
PROGRAM
SET I
 Bob White
(1937)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Bernie Hanighan
 Tangerine
(1941) The Fleet's In
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Victor Schertzinger
 G. I. Jive
(1944)
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 Hit The Road To Dreamland
(1942) Star Spangled Rhythm
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
 Goody-Goody
(1936)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Matty Malneck
 You Were Never Lovelier
(1942) You Were Never Lovelier
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Jerome Kern
 My Shining Hour
(1943) The Sky's The Limit
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
 Too Marvelous For Words
(1937) Ready, Willing, Able
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Richard Whiting
 I'm Building Up To An Awful Let-Down
(1935)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Fred Astaire
 Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry
(1942) The Fleet's In
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Victor Schertzinger
SET II
 Hooray For Hollywood
(1937) Hollywood Hotel
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Richard Whiting
 Fools Rush In
(1940)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Rube Bloom
 I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)
(1936) Rhythm On The Range
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 Blues In The Night
(1941) Blues In The Night
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
 Skylark
(1942)
Words by Johnny Mercer
 Jeepers Creepers
(1938) Going Places
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harry Warren
 One For My Baby
(1943) The Sky's The Limit
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
 That Old Black Magic
(1942) Star Spangled Rhythm
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Fred Astaire, 1899-1987
Rube Bloom, -
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Bernie Hanighan, -
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945
Matty Malneck, 1903-1981
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Victor Schertzinger, 1888-1941
Harry Warren, 1893-1981
Richard Whiting, 1891-1938
Ticket/Venue Info
Skylark Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Youth 
A32.00  29.00  27.25  25.75  16.00 
B28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
C22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
O18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
Purchase tickets at:
1. The Shedd Ticket Office
541.434.7000
2. The Hult Ticket Office
541.682.5000
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