Skylark (song)

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Single by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Released 1942
Genre Popular, Jazz, Classic
Length 3:30
Writer(s) Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael

"Skylark" is an American popular song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1941.[1] Mercer said that he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could get the lyrics right.[2] The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair.[3] This song is considered a jazz standard.[4] Additionally, the song is believed to have inspired a long-running Buick car of the same name that was produced from 1953 to 1998.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Johnny Mercer's Songs on CD", Ralph Mitchell,, June 2009, webpage: JM-ralph.
  2. ^ Wilk, Max (1997). They're Playing Our Song. New York: Da Capo. 
  3. ^ Furia, Philip (2003). Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer (1st ed.). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-28720-7. 
  4. ^ Wilder, Alec (1990). American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 
  5. ^ Malcolm Laycock presents the Golden Age of Swing detailed track info (90511).

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