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June 10, 2021

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After Hoagy Carmichael wrote the music for Skylark, he gave it to Mercer to add lyrics. It took Mercer a year to do so -- they were about his "longing for Judy Garland"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylark_(song)

Ella Fitzgerald's rendition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDnStrx4g9M

To the other DL: "Skylark" is one of my favorite Hoagy & Johnny collaborations. (The bridge is out of this world, music & lyrics alike.) I didn't know it took Mercer a year to write the words. Ella's version is wonderful, as is Helen Merrill's. Thanks for the info!

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