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The Annual Tribute to Johnny Mercer
America Through Johnny's Eyes
Presented by The City of Savannah and The Friends of Johnny Mercer
at Johnny Mercer Theater Savannah, Georgia
Clockwise from above, the Savannah State University Gospel Choir, members of the orchestra made up of local professionals, , immediate right, internationally known bassist Ben Tucker, far right top, local singer Roger Moss, below right, composer and pianist Eddie Wilson, below right, and Diane Thurman, chair of the Mayor's Centennial Committee for the celebration of Mercer's 100th birthday.
At left a trio performs "Dream". Left to right are Christy Wilson, Kay Yates and Rebecca King. Below Steve Gerard presents scholarships to local students Jennifer Lopez and Michael Wasily. Huxsie Scott, below left, belts out a her version of Mercer's "Blues in the Night."
Niece of Johnny Mercer, Nancy Mercer Gerard, above, is interviewed. Huxsie Scott and Ben Tucker, right, team up for a song. Below, members of the standing-room-only audience enjoy the evening of "free" entertainment.
Johnny Mercer Theater was the venue for the 2008 Annual Birthday Tribute to Johnny Mercer.
It would have been his 99th and was a preview of the upcoming celebration for number 100 next year.
Photos from above left clockwise are local radio personality, Bill Edwards, The Southern Songstress Kim Michael Polote, local talent Trae Gurley and members of the Savannah Theater Cast at far left.
All participants performed arrangements by producer/director Eddie Williams of songs by the famous lyricist, who wrote over fifteen-hundred songs.