I thought I had died and gone to heaven.   I really only went as far as Savannah, and if you do Savannah right, it’s heavenly.  Good restaurants prevail.   Huey’s on the River Front is one of them.  They are famous for something kind of strange, especially if you don’t know the South..……FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.    They just maybe are the best tasting thing I ever put in my mouth.   What a compliment to a shrimp omelet for breakfast with a side of parmesan garlic grits.   OMG, New Yorkers brag they never eat grits.   They don’t know what they’re missing.   Parmesan garlic grits are better than kissing a pretty woman.

One of my favorite tourist stops in Savannah is Bonaventure Cemetery.  My Dad is buried there and also one of my favorite song writers……Johnny Mercer.

Johnny Mercer

Savannah was his hometown. Born in 1909 and died in 1976.    Johnny wrote American standard hits in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s and 4 of his songs earned him Academy Awards.

Johnny Mercer Memorial

All the big band singers did his stuff.   His family gravesite is a big tourist attraction.  On top of his grave is engraved “And The Angels Sing,”  one of his famous songs.

Johnny Mercer Grave

On his wife Elizabeth’s grave it’s marked, “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby”…..another golden oldie that the old timers remember.

Elizabeth Mercer Grave

A marble bench is engraved with memories all but the youngsters would remember.

Johnny Mercer Bench

Mercer’s quote says….”Buddy I’m a kind of a poet and I’ve got a lot of things to say”.   Johnny was one of the founders of Capitol Records and his genius penned so many beautiful songs of his era.

Johnny Mercer Bench

Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, Come Rain or Come Shine, Autumn Leaves, Laura, Jeepers Creepers, Hooray For Hollywood, That Old Black Magic, Atchison, Topeka,  and Santa Fe, Skylark, Blues In the Night,  and One For My Baby (& one more for the road).    He also wrote a novelty song called “My Mama Done Told Me.”   That’s engraved on his mother’s headstone.



All from one creative music man, John Herndon Mercer, one of Savannah’s most famous sons.

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3 Responses to And the Angels Sing

  1. Reno Bailey says:

    And, funny thing, we could make out the words on all the recordings of his songs. Alas.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    H.A. I have been following your Blog for a year since I met you at an event. Thank you for keeping it up. I have so many memories that have been revived. Love it all – You and the guys, You and your beautiful love. Even you and Hef. What a life! Thanks for sharing. Elizabeth

  3. Lib says:

    Would KILL for that Breakfast this AM. Yummy !!! There was never better music than Mercer’s…..and the great artist of that era. You could listen to the WORDS…. understand them, sent a message. Where can you find that today ?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family HA…..I am truly blessed to have you as a friend.

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