In blackface in film Here Come The Waves, an out and out propaganda war movie. Lyrics inspired by the sermon of a black preacher from Savannah, GA, home of lyricist Johnny Mercer.
Johnny Mercer [author; first recording, for Capitol; n°1 US]
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters [n°2 US]
Harold Arlen [on lp Harold Sings Arlen]
Ella Fitzgerald [with the Billy May orchestra]
Clint Eastwood [in his film Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil]
Al Jarreau [title track cd]
Jools Holland [with Rumer]
Just like his partner Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer used to record his own compositions, a rarity in pre Beatles & Stones days. Other Arlen/Mercer compositions: Blues In The Night, Come Rain Or Come Shine, One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), This Time The Dream's On Me and That Old Black Magic. See also: Stormy Weather.