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My Place: The Music Of Johnny Mercer, Part One

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Joel Najman
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VPR
Johnny Mercer wrote some 1,400 songs, many of which have endured as cherished standards

Johnny Mercer was one of the foremost lyricists of the 20th century, with a songwriting career that extended from 1930 into the early 1970's. Mercer wrote some 1,400 songs, many of which have endured as cherished standards. This week's My Place program is Part 1 of a multi-part series spotlighting the music of Johnny Mercer.

Listen Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. on VPR.

Joel has been a part of Vermont's radio scene since 1964. He began his career at WIPS in Ticonderoga, New York. In 1965, he moved to WFAD in Middlebury, Vermont, where he attended Middlebury College. Over the years, Joel worked at radio stations WJOY, WQCR, WDOT, WDEV and WVAA where he served at various times as Morning Announcer, Program Director and News Director.