I Wanna Be Around

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composition date
1959
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Johnny Mercer
Sadie Vimmerstadt

You've changed my life, Mr. Mercer

Johnny Mercer: "A lady sent me this title, she worked at a cosmetic counter in Youngstown, Ohio. I told her we had a record by Tony Bennett and she was thrilled. She said, 'You’ve changed my life, Mr. Mercer. People are coming in the store and asking for my autograph. Next week I have to go on the radio in Cleveland.' Two weeks later she said, 'I’m going to Cincinnati, I’m getting to be so famous.' Finally, she came to New York and she was on To Tell the Truth and then she went to Europe. She said, 'I’m tired, I’m going to get out of show business.'"

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