Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book is a 1964 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, focusing on the songs of Johnny Mercer. It was recorded in Los Angeles, California. This is Fitzgerald's fifth and final collaboration with Riddle during her years on the Verve label.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book
Studio album by
RecordedOctober 19–21, 1964
Los Angeles
GenreVocal jazz
LabelVerve Records
ProducerNorman Granz
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[2]

The album is notable as Fitzgerald's only Song Book to concentrate on the work of a lyricist. Riddle's lush arrangements interact most beautifully with Fitzgerald on ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Skylark". Fitzgerald's impeccable swing is most evident on "Something's Gotta Give" and "Too Marvelous for Words".

Track listingEdit

For the 1964 Verve LP release; Verve V6-4067; Re-issued in 1984 on CD, Verve-PolyGram 823 247-2

Side One:

  1. "Too Marvelous for Words" (Richard A. Whiting) – 2:31
  2. "Early Autumn" (Ralph Burns) – 3:51
  3. "Day In, Day Out" (Rube Bloom) – 2:49
  4. "Laura" (from the film Laura) (David Raksin) – 3:43
  5. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (Harold Arlen) – 2:54
  6. "Skylark" (Hoagy Carmichael) – 3:12
  7. "Single-O" (Donald Kahn, Johnny Mercer) – 3:19

Side Two:

  1. "Something's Gotta Give" (Mercer) – 2:33
  2. "Trav'lin' Light" (Jimmy Mundy, Trummy Young) – 3:47
  3. "Midnight Sun" (Francis J. Burke, Lionel Hampton) – 4:55
  4. "Dream" (Mercer) – 2:58
  5. "I Remember You" (Victor Schertzinger) – 3:38
  6. "When a Woman Loves a Man" (Bernie Hanighen, Gordon Jenkins) – 3:51

All lyrics by Johnny Mercer, composers between brackets.


Recorded October 19–21, 1964 at Radio Recorders Studio 10-H, Hollywood:


  1. ^ "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.