Day In, Day Out (1939 song)
According to Alec Wilder the song, 56 measures long, has a wonderful, soaring melodic line, free from pretentiousness, but full of passion and intensity which is superbly supported by the lyrics. Although the catch phrase "day in—day out" sounds like a dull routine, Mercer uses exotic images to contrast with the boring sound of the phrase.
The song has been recorded by numerous artists.
- Helen Ward with Bob Crosby and his Orchestra (1939) – a #1 hit on the Billboard charts
- Helen Forrest with Artie Shaw and his Orchestra – Bluebird Records 78 rpm single (1939)
- Petula Clark – Petula Clark in Hollywood (1959)
- Nat King Cole – Let's Face the Music! (1964)
- Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook (1964), Ella at Juan-Les-Pins (1964)
- The Four Freshmen and Stan Kenton – Road Show (1960)
- Judy Garland – Garland at the Grove (1959)
- Billie Holiday – Songs for Distingué Lovers (1957)
- Lena Horne with Nat Brandwynne's Orchestra – Lena Horne at the Waldorf Astoria (1957)
- Diana Krall – From This Moment On (2006)
- Stan Levey Sextet with Dexter Gordon – This Time the Drums on Me (1955)
- Johnny Mathis – Wonderful Wonderful (1957)
- Susannah McCorkle – The Songs of Johnny Mercer (1996)
- Sophie Milman – Take Love Easy (2009)
- Frank Sinatra – The Point of No Return (Expanded Edition 2002 – Song recorded April 4, 1953), Come Dance with Me! (1959), Nice 'n' Easy (1960), Sinatra & Sextet: Live in Paris (1994)
- Horace Silver – Horace Silver Trio (1953)
- The Peddlers – Birthday (1969)
- Mel Tormé – Night at the Concord Pavilion (1991)
- Margaret Whiting – Love Songs/Sings for the Starry Eyed (1998)
- Dena Derose - I Can See Clearly Now (2000)
- Eliane Elias – Bossa Nova Stories (2008)
- Bob Dylan – Triplicate (2017)
- Sachal Vasandani – Shadow Train (2018)
- Furia, Philip (1992). Poets of Tin Pan Alley. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-19-507473-4.
- Wilder, Alec (1990). American Popular Song: The Great Innovators 1900–1950. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 136–139. ISBN 0-19-501445-6.
- "The Johnny Mercer Educational Archives". Archived from the original on 2007-04-22. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
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