Guide to the Mahlon Merrick Papers
1953-1967

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Merrick, Mahlon
Title: Mahlon Merrick Papers
Dates: 1953-1967 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 containers, plus oversized. (5 linear feet of shelf space.) (121 items.)
Collection Number: Cage 361
Summary: Published and unpublished musical compositions and arrangements, principally for television; also an opera and a symphony. Included are copies of compositions by Merrick's arranger, Carl Brandt.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/
mascref@wsu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Hailing from Centralia, Washington, Mahlon Merrick graduated from Washington State University in 1923 with bachelors’ degrees in both education and music. After a brief teaching experience in schools in the Redmond, Washington, Merrick devoted himself to a career in music.

Beginning as a saxophonist at the Old Italian Gardens in Spokane’s Davenport Hotel, Merrick’s career led him to Hollywood where he was associated with a number of popular television series including The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and The Bob Cummings Show. For thirty years he remained the musical director for comedian Jack Benny. A versatile composer, a number of his works appear under the pseudonym, "Gene LaGrande."

In 1965, Mr. Merrick retired to Palm Springs, California. In September of the following year, however, he made a guest appearance at Washington State University for the first performance of the Cougar Fight Song which he had composed for his alma mater. On August 7, 1969, at the age of 69 years, Mr. Merrick succumbed to cancer.

Content Description

The Mahlon Merrick collection of musical compositions includes marches, television background music and themes, listening music, an opera, and a symphony. The Gillette Look Sharp March and the Washington State University Cougar Marching Song are among Mr. Merrick’s best known compositions.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 361, Mahlon Merrick Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Series 1, Compositions and Arrangements, consists of sheet music, orchestrations, and original manuscripts. Although most of these compositions are unrelated, two comprehensive works are included: the opera, Sun Stone and the symphony Song of Youth.

Series 2, Miscellaneous Papers, consists of Mr. Merrick’s arrangements of the background music for the National Football League television programs, mementos of his career, and compositions by his arranger, Carl Brandt.

The compositions are arranged in alphabetical order in each series; however, the indicated oversize material has been placed at the end of the collection in alphabetical sequence.

Acquisition Information :  

The Mahlon Merrick collection was deposited in the Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. Mahlon Merrick in June of 1977 (1977-33).


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Compositions and Arrangements
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1 / 1 Anyone for Venice
1 / 1 April Prelude
1 / 1 Baby You're the Sweetest One
1 / 1 Benny Medley
1 / 1 The Bee, original
1 / 1 The Be Sharp March
1 / 1 Bridge of Sighs
1 / 1 Come and See
1 / 1 Concerto for Lefthanded Glockenspiel
1 / 1 Crinoline Curtain
1 / 1 Curfew
1 / 1 The Curious Cat
1 / 2 Dancing Slipper
1 / 2 December Song
1 / 2 Drifting Sands
1 / 2 Ebony Rhapsody
1 / 3 The Gillette Look Sharp March
1 / 4 Hearse Race
1 / 4 Highway to Oblivion
1 / 4 I Ain't Down Yet
1 / 4 I'm Wearing the Latest Shade of Blue
1 / 4 Impact Theme
1 / 4 Infinite Melody
1 / 4 Just Another April
1 / 4 Katy Did
1 / 4 Kickoff March
1 / 4 Lady of the Evening
1 / 4 Last Dance
1 / 4 Lasting Love
1 / 4 Little Walk
1 / 4 Main Event (part in oversize, folder C)
1 / 4 Main Title
1 / 4 Mike's Dream
1 / 4 Mister Moon
1 / 4 Montage
1 / 4 Morning is Crying
1 / 4 Music for Playboys to Play by
1 / 4 Musical Show
1 / 5 Nellie
1 / 5 Nevertheless
1 / 5 Night Mare
1 / 5 October Prelude
1 / 5 Paradise
1 / 5 Park Avenue Promenade
1 / 5 Practical Dreamer
1 / 5 Private Secretary
1 / 6 The Red and Gold
1 / 6 Richard Couer de Lion
1 / 6 Rochester Opening
1 / 6 Romantic Dance
1 / 6 Romantic Reunion
1 / 6 Six Flags over Texas (part in oversize, folder C)
1 / 6 Stringers Assorted
1 / 6 Strange Enchantment
1 / 6 Stranger in the Manger
1 / 6 Summer Idyl
1 / 6 Sweet and Lovely
1 / 6 Swinging Q
2 / 7-8 Symphony #1 in B flat- Song of Youth (part in oversize, folder G)
2 / 9 To a Wild Rose
2 / 9 Tommy the Timid Little Turkey
2 / 9 Two Gentlemen from Siam
2 / 9 Two to Go
2 / 9 When You Belong to Me
2 / 9 Whispering Pines (part in oversize, folder H)
2 / 10 The Wistful Corpse
2 / 10 With the Wind and Rain
2 / 10 The Woman on the Gentleman's Mind
2 / 10 When You Say
2 / 10 You're my Particular One
2 / 10 Zulu Wu Wu
Oversize / A Cherry Coke
Oversize / A Cougar Marching Song
Oversize / A Criminal Humnal
Oversize / A Crisis
Oversize / A Crooks Tour
Oversize / A Death at Dawn
Oversize / A Dialogue
Oversize / A Dialogue for Piano and Orchestra
Oversize / A The Dixie Drag
Oversize / B Encore Espanola
Oversize / C The Fickle Finger of Fate
Oversize / C Homicide Sweet Homicide
Oversize / C How are You Fixed for Blades
Oversize / C The Impatient Corpse
Oversize / C Lethal Leer
Oversize / C The Little Noose
Oversize / C March #1
Oversize / C Mayhem in the AM
Oversize / C Main Event (part in Box 1, folder #4)
Oversize / C Max Factor Signature
Oversize / C Optional Signature
Oversize / C Seven Winds
Oversize / C Six Flags over Texas (part in Box 1, folder #6)
Oversize / D Songs of the Islands
Oversize / E-F The Sun Stone
Oversize / G Symphony #1 in B~ - Song of Youth (part in Box 2, folder #7)
Oversize / H Whispering Pines (part in Box 2, folder 9)
Oversize / H Zigeunerweisen

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Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
2 / 11 Mementos, 1957-1967
8 items.
2 / 12 Carl Brandt compositions
2 / 12 Morning After
2 / 12 Prairie Duster
2 / 12 Snow Flurries
2 / 12 Song of the Wind
2 / 12 Wind of the Southern Sea
2 / 12 Wind in the Reeds
Oversize / K Voo-Doo Woo Woo
Oversize / I-J N.F.L. Program
Oversize / I-J Assault and Battery
Oversize / I-J The Atlantans
Oversize / I-J Bone Breaker
Oversize / I-J March
Oversize / I-J Bonus Boy
Oversize / I-J Broker Field
Oversize / I-J Chicago Bears
Oversize / I-J Down the Field
Oversize / I-J First Quarter
Oversize / I-J He Flies Thru the Air
Oversize / I-J Kick Off
Oversize / I-J The N.F.L. March
Oversize / I-J The N.F.L. Signature
Oversize / I-J Point After
Oversize / I-J Run Back
Oversize / I-J Tight End

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Brandt, Carl
  • Merrick, Mahlon, ca. 1900-1969 --Archives  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Music -- Manuscripts
    • Occupations :
    • Composers--Washington (State)--Manuscripts

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