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Enjoy Date Night with Dinner and the Music of Johnny Mercer at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 26, 2011—Johnny Mercer’s much-deserved place in the songwriting pantheon of great creative artists is based on his achievements as a lyricist, a composer, a pop singer, and a recording executive. Join Fred Miller as he presents the best of Johnny Mercer as part of his successful Lectures-In-Song series on Friday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. Each of Mr. Miller’s 60- to 75-minute presentations focuses on a great personality or significant aspect of American Popular Song’s Golden Age and is accompanied by a multicourse dinner.

Mercer had a string of hits from the 1930s to as late as the 1960s, starting with songs like “Jeepers Creepers” and “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby” (music by Harry Warren), “That Old Black Magic,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (music by Harold Arlen). In 1946, he won his first of four Academy Awards for Best Original Song for “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” (music by Harry Warren) for The Harvey Girls. He received another in 1951 for “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (music by Hoagy Carmichael) for Here Comes The Groom. Mercer’s lyrics are his calling card: the trains, rivers, birds, sights, and sounds of the American landscape all repeatedly show up in a way that have made him America’s greatest songwriting folk poet.

All Lectures-In-Song are $37 per person and take place in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. Pre-purchase of tickets is required. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

A native of Albuquerque, Mr. Miller studied piano as a boy with Ralph Berkowitz, former dean of Tanglewood and accompanist for 20 years to the great cellist Piatagorsky. In New York, he studied acting for two years with stage and film legend Geraldine Page and vocal performance with Tony Award-winner Helen Gallagher.

Mr. Miller appeared in commercials, wrote and broadcast his own radio program on WDVR, 89.7-FM, and, for 25 years, has run the Copper Penny Players, a class for singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Currently, Mr. Miller, who resides in Sergeantsville, enjoys assembling cabaret programs for singers, and as a performer himself, his sole focus is now his series of nearly 50 Lectures-In-Song. Each of these lectures is a musical and anecdotal profile of a great American songwriter, performer, or some important aspect of classic American song, presented at scores of libraries, retirement villages, arts organizations, and private venues throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For more information, see his Web site at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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