Johnny Mercer earned his first Academy Award nomination for the song “Jeepers Creepers,” which appeared in the 1938 Warner Bros. film Going Places. Mercer said that he came up with the idea for the song after he heard an actor say the phrase ‘jeepers creepers’ in a film. The most notable recording of “Jeepers Creepers” was done by Louis Armstrong, who starred in Going Places, but it has also been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and other popular artists.
Throughout his career, Johnny Mercer earned 18 Academy Award nominations and went on to win 4 awards. Mercer received Academy Awards for Best Original Song for the following:
Mercer received a nomination for Best Original Song Score for “Darling Lili” in 1971 and received several nominations for Best Original Song for:
Johnny Mercer won two Grammy Awards during the course of his career. He won awards for Song of the Year for:
He was also nominated for Song of the Year in 1964 for “I Wanna Be Around.” Additionally, he was nominated for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special for the Darling Lili album in 1970.
And, in 1987, Mercer was the National Trustees Award winner. The National Trustees Award is presented by vote of the Recording Academy’s National Trustees to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performing, to the music industry during their careers.
Johnny Mercer won two Golden Globe Awards. He won awards for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for:
He was also nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for 1966’s “The Sweetheart Tree,” which was also written with Henry Mancini.