Johnny Mercer is a Savannahian, born and bred. He is most widely known for the smooth jazz love song “Moon River.” He was also a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote more than 1500 songs, composing for movies and Broadway shows. Johnny received more than 19 Academy Award nominations and won four Oscars for Best Original Song. A statue to Johnny stands today on Ellis Square, a bench in his honor is in Johnson Square, and his childhood home is just down the street at the corner of Lincoln and E. Gwinnet.