Skylark (song)

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Single by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Released 1942
Genre Pop
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] Mercer recalled Carmichael initially called him several times about the lyric, but had forgotten about it by the time Mercer finally wrote the lyrics.[3] The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair.[4] This song is considered a jazz standard.[5] Additionally, the song is believed to have inspired a long-running Buick car of the same name that was produced from 1953 to 1998.[6]

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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. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 1, side A.
  4. ^ Furia, Philip (2003). Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer (1st ed.). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-28720-7. 
  5. ^ Wilder, Alec (1990). American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 
  6. ^ Dennis Adler (2004), Fifties Flashback: The American Car, p. 52, ISBN 0760319278, The flighty name for Buick's dream car came from a song of the same name recorded in 1942 by Johnny Mercer 
  7. ^ Malcolm Laycock presents the Golden Age of Swing detailed track info (90511).
  8. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 

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