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Composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond

National Public Radio's Weekend Edition/Sunday
August 30, 2009

Fred Wasser reports on the life of Carrie Jacobs-Bond (1862-1946). She's the composer of "I Love You Truly," "Just a Wearyin' For You," and "The End of a Perfect Day." They were parlor music favorites in the early 1900s. "I Love You Truly" became a popular wedding anthem. Although she sold close to 20 million copies of sheet music, Carrie Jacobs-Bond and her music are largely forgotten today.

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Carrie Jacobs-Bond

The Parlor Songs Academy

Carrie Jacobs-Bond in 1943

 

The Parlor Songs Academy

 

Carrie Jacobs-Bond’s Music
in Popular Culture

Sterling Holloway sings "The End of a Perfect Day" in Remember The Night (Paramount Pictures, 1940). The movie was written by Preston Sturges and stars Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, and Beulah Bondi.

“I Love You Truly” is part of the soundtrack of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. The police officer and taxi driver serenade the Baileys on their wedding night.

“I Love You Truly” is featured in the “Marriage License” episode of CBS television’s I Love Lucy. Original airdate: April 7, 1952 (Season 1, Episode 26).

Max Morath

Max Morath, author of
I Love You Truly: A
Biographical Novel on
the Life of Carrie
Jacobs-Bond

Joan Morris

Mezzo-soprano Joan Morris

Recordings Used in Carrie Jacobs-Bond Story

Rod Stewart, “Have I Told You Lately?”
(Words & Music: Van Morrison)
Rhino/Warner Bros., Vagabond Heart (2009 reissue)

Elsie Baker (1912), “I Love You Truly”
(Words & Music: Carrie Jacobs-Bond)
Master Classics Records, Titanic: The Unforgettable Story As Told By The Actual Survivors of This Most Incredible Marine Disaster

Peggy Balensuela (Vocal) & William Hughes (Piano), “Answer the First Rap”
(Words & Music: Carrie Jacobs-Bond)
Albany Records, Songs My Grandmother Taught Me -- Songs of Carrie Jacobs-Bond
 
Joan Morris (Vocal) & William Bolcom (Piano), “Just a Wearyin’ For You”
(Words: Frank Stanton; Music: Carrie Jacobs-Bond)
Albany Records, Moonlight Bay: Songs As Is and Songs As Was

Paul Robeson, “The End of a Perfect Day”
(Words & Music: Carrie Jacobs-Bond)
EMI, Paul Robeson: The Complete Sessions, 1928-1939

The Benny Goodman Orchestra, “I Love You Truly”
(Words & Music: Carrie Jacobs-Bond)
Crown Records, The Era of Benny Goodman

 

 

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