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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.
Scope and Content of the Papers
Mrs. Vimmerstedt’s collection includes Mercer’s letter
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.
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
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Popular music--Writing and
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in
departmental policies on reproduction.
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.
[item], [folder title], Sadie Vimmerstedt Papers, M065, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Gloria Hynes, November 1987.
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton, October 1990; revised by Christine
de Catanzaro, July 2000.
Related materials in this repository:
Several pieces of correspondence from Mrs. Vimmerstedt to Johnny Mercer,
including a photocopy of her first letter to him, can be found in the Johnny
Mercer Papers (M001). The finding aid to the Mercer Papers contains a
correspondent index to assist in locating the letters.
During processing, an acetate demonstration recording of Mercer
singing “I Wanna Be Around” and a 45 rpm copy of Tony
Bennett’s recording of the song were separated to the Popular Music
Collection Sound Recordings Collection, and a Grammy nomination plaque was
separated to the Popular Music Collection Artifacts, and a list of songs by
Johnny Mercer was added to the Popular Music Collection ephemera files.