Mercer was a lyricist, songwriter and singer. From the mid-1930 through the mid-
1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most
popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs
including compositions for films and Broadway shows. He received nineteen
Academy Award nominations and won four. Johnny Mercer was also a co-
founder of Capital Records.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” was recorded on March 18, 1949
and first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 6. It
lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at number four.