Ken Gaines will make a presentation of songs and stories about music pioneer Johnny Mercer at a Coffeyville Community College humanities series performance on Feb. 7.
Best known as a lyricist, Mercer composed music and was the founder of Capital Records. Mercer was a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time.
Singer, songwriter, producer and teacher, Gaines is a staple in the music scene, not only in his hometown of Houston, but also throughout Texas. He is the 2005 TMA (Texas Music Association) Singer/Songwriter of the Year, and for the past 18 years, he has produced the Thursday night in-the-round series at Houston's legendary Anderson Fair music venue. He's been featured numerous times at the Kerrville Festival, and several additional festivals and concert series across the country.
The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC. The performances are free and are held in the Spencer/Rounds Theatre. For more information, call 620-251-7700, ext. 2145 or 2038.