The writer suggested that Johnny Mercer may have won the Oscar for Best Song with 'Moon River' more for his body of work than that one song. And that may be true, but well, he had won two Oscars previously.
The first in 1946 for 'On the Atchison, Topeka and the Sante Fe' . He won again in 1951 for 'In the Cool Cool, Cool of the Evening' with Hoagy Carmichael writing the music. The music for the 1961 win with 'Moon River' was composed by Henry Mancini. I stand by the 'sappy' description; not my favorite song that these two composers wrote together. That song would be 'The Days of Wine and Roses', which won the Oscar in 1962.
Now, if my brain could hold as much useful information about any subject as it does song lyrics, I would be a genius. Name a song written by these men and I can probably sing several bars of it for you. I even know the lyrics to 'Autumn Leaves' in French.
So, back to Johnny. Having read the book 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil', I made sure I saw the movie. And then, I bought the soundtrack CD. I am sitting here blogging and listening to it. How can you not love listening to a CD that starts off with the song 'Skylark' by Johnny and Hoagy. And the song 'Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive' is sung by none other than Clint Eastwood (who produced the CD and directed the movie.)
A trip to Savannah, GA, and a visit to Mercer's Home.