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Sadie Vimmerstedt papers

 Collection
Identifier: M065

Scope and Content of the Papers

Mrs. Vimmerstedt's collection includes Mercer’s first letter to her, a few Christmas cards from Mercer, and photographs taken at the 1963 Grammy Awards banquet.

Recordings, an artifact, and a piece of ephemera were separated to other locations during processing.

Dates

  • 1959-circa 1970

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Biographical Note on Sadie Vimmerstedt

Sadie Vimmerstedt, who was a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, wrote a letter to Johnny Mercer in February of 1957 suggesting that Mercer write a song entitled When Somebody Breaks Your Heart, suggesting the theme I want to be around to pick up the pieces when somebody breaks your heart. In February of 1959, Mercer responded to Mrs. Vimmerstedt's suggestion, and wrote the song, ultimately sharing authorship with her on a 50/50 basis. Tony Bennett's recording of the song I Wanna Be Around was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1963.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Sadie Vimmerstedt, who was a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, wrote a letter to Johnny Mercer in February of 1957 suggesting that Mercer write a song entitled "When Somebody Breaks Your Heart." Mercer wrote the song, ultimately sharing authorship with her on a 50/50 basis. Mrs. Vimmerstedt's collection includes Mercer's first letter to her, a few Christmas cards from Mercer, and photographs taken at the 1963 Grammy Awards banquet.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gloria Hynes, November 1987.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Music Collections. Please contact Special Collections for access. For sound recordings, see catalog for access. The list of songs by Johnny Mercer has been transfered to the Popular Music Collection Ephemera Files See finding aid for access. The Grammy nomination plaque has been transferred to the Johnny Mercer artifacts.

Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection

  1. I Wanna Be Around, Johnny Mercer [acetate demonstration recording]
  2. I Wanna Be Around, Tony Bennett [45rpm]

Popular Music Ephemera Collecion

  1. List of songs by Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer Artifacts

  1. I Wanna Be Around, Grammy Nomination Plaque

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton at the item level, October 1990.
Title
Sadie Vimmerstedt:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
July 2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • July 2000: Finding aid revised by Christine de Catanzaro.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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