Sadie Vimmerstedt papers
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.
- Creation: 1959-circa 1970
- Vimmerstedt, Sadie (Person)
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.
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.
0.25 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)
Language of Materials
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.
Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.
Donated by Gloria Hynes, November 1987.
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
- "I Wanna Be Around," Johnny Mercer [acetate demonstration recording]
- "I Wanna Be Around," Tony Bennett [45rpm]
Popular Music Ephemera Collecion
- List of songs by Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer Artifacts
- "I Wanna Be Around," Grammy Nomination Plaque
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton at the item level, October 1990.
- Sadie Vimmerstedt:
- A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
- Georgia State University Library
- July 2000
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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