1975: Went to work for engineer Johnny Rosen (Neil Young’s “Harvest”, Robert Altman’s movie “Nashville” etc.) and Fanta Professional Services. In 1976 as assistant he helped to build and operate the Fanta mobile recording facility.
Mervin worked as Fanta assistant engineer from 1976 and chief engineer 1979 to 1983 and on occasion until 1986. As a member of Fanta he recorded shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, PBS, MTV, The King Biscuit Flower Hour Radio Series, The Silver Eagle Cross Country Music Show, Radio Luxemburg, Westwood One, Capitol Records, RCA, MCA, Atlantic Records, Warner Brothers, Sony Records, Columbia Records, Universal Pictures and others.
Recorded tours for such acts as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Journey, Ozzy Osborne, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Olivia Newton John, Bob Seger, Eddie Money, The Alman Brothers, ZZ Top, Billy Squier, The Doobie Brothers, Parliament Funkadelic, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tammy Wynette, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band and others.
Also recorded shows for Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, 38 Special, Judas Priest, John Cougar Melancamp, Molly Hatchet, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar,
Joe Cocker, Patti Labelle, Beach Boys, Heart, Robert Cray, Professor Longhair,
Bette Midler, Pointer Sisters, Bryan Adams, Harry Chapin, Chris Isaak, Nick Lowe,
Bonnie Raitt, Paul Butterfield, Dan Fogelberg, AC/DC, The Marshal Tucker Band,
Conway Twitty, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash,
The Carter Family, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Asleep at the Wheel, Glen Campbell,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Dottie West, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Earl Thomas Conley, Dave Brubeck and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and others.
Album Credits include The Kinks The Road, Kenny Loggins ALIVE, Teddy Pendergrass Live Coast to Coast, Barbara Mandrel Live – Country When Country Wasn’t Cool, Bill Monroe Bean Blossom ’79, The Bellamy Brothers When We Were Boys, Jerry Reed Live – Hot Stuff, The Amazing Rhythm Aces Live, Andrus Blackwood and Company Live, and others.
Movie credits include The Blues Brothers and Coal Miners Daughter
Television credits include The New York Philharmonic for CBS Television, operas Vanessa, Albert Herring and A Bayou Legend for PBS, Farm Aid III for ABC TV and Radio, The Mike Douglas Show Live From the Mississippi Queen, Run for the Roses featuring Dan Fogelberg ABC TV, Live from the Ford Theater - President Jimmy Carter Birthday Celebration, Jerry Lee Lewis Special, Charlie Rich Special, The CMA Awards, The Opening of Atlantic City with the 5th Dimension, The Beach Boys Television Special, David Bowie Spider Tour for MTV, Tom Jones - Tina Turner Special for HBO, Willie Nelson Special and others.
Mervin left the road in 1986 and in 1987 partnered with Rick Martin in Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville, Tn. to transform it into a viable music showcase room. The Acts that have performed their label showcases at Douglas Corner include Garth Brookes, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, John Berry, Mark Collie, Blake Shelton, the
Gibson Miller Band, Great Plains and many others. It was the site for music videos for Keith Whitley I’m No Stranger to the Rain and Brian White Eugene You Genius and others as well as for promotional videos for artist such as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Gary Alan and others. Douglas Corner has been home to many artists on their road to success such as Faith Hill,
Hal Ketchum, Deana Carter, Jamie O’Neal, Rebecca Lynn Howard and many more. Some other nationally known artists who have performed at Douglas Corner include Cheap Trick, Jon Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Kim Carnes and Juice Newton. It continues to be a mainstay showcase room for the Nashville music community.
In 1996 Mervin purchased the original 40 foot Fanta mobile recording studio. Located at Douglas Corner and titled The Ugly Truckling it now offers and 24 track computer recording, editing and mastering, 2”analog, and ADAT.
In 1996 married Actress, Author, Cover Girl Model and Spokesperson,
In 1998 hired as chief audio engineer in charge of recording and broadcasting the 3 hour R & B Hall of Fame Pioneer Awards presentation. Held in New York City and hosted by Smokey Robinson, artists included Gladys Knight and the Pips, The O’Jays, Stevie Wonder and many other Motown Hall of Fame Members.
In 1999 hired to design and construct a state of the art mobile recording and production facility for NASCAR’s Speedway Children’s Charities. He also put together its operations crew and traveled the race circuit with the 55 foot facility as chief audio engineer.
In 2001 hired as chief engineer in charge of recording a landmark performance
by Grammy award winning violinist Itzhak Pearlman and the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York at the legendary Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the Online Entertainment Network.
To date continues to be involved in record, television, film and internet projects on local, national and international basis.