When October Goes

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"When October Goes" is a ballad based on a lyric Johnny Mercer had written but did not complete. It was matched up to a melody by Barry Manilow and published in 1984, becoming one of the top Adult Contemporary hits of that year in the United States.

In his last year, as he was dying from brain cancer, Mercer became extremely fond of Manilow, in part because Manilow's first hit record was of a song titled "Mandy", which was also the name of Mercer's daughter. After Mercer's death, his widow, Ginger Mehan Mercer, arranged to give some unfinished lyrics he had written to Manilow to possibly develop into complete songs. Among these was "When October Goes." Manilow applied his own melody to the lyric and issued it as a single in 1984.[1] The song has since been recorded by Rebecca Parris, Kevin Mahogany,[2] Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, Betty Buckley, Audrey Morris, and Megon McDonough and Nancy LaMott (arranged by Christopher Marlowe). Thomas Anders (of Modern Talking fame) recorded his version in 1997 on the album Live Concert. Recently, Lea Salonga performed the song on her album Inspired.

This song first appeared on the album 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe.

This is also the title of an album put out by Rounder Records and produced by Christine Lavin, which features the title song and other fall related songs by singer/songwriters.


  1. ^ "Johnny Mercer Estate Just Listed by Mike McCoy & Ken Simpson, with Prudential California Realty in Palm Springs, CA".
  2. ^ "Kevin Mahogany CD Review". AllMusic.


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