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Carrie Jacobs-Bond

  • Birth 11 Aug 1862 Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 28 Dec 1946 Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Great Mausoleum, Court of Honor, under the Last Supper stained glass display
  • Memorial ID 2088

Composer, lyricist, poet and the first woman to establish a music publishing firm in America. She achieved prominence as probably the first great American woman composer. Her name is generally forgotten today, but not her legacy: "The End of a Perfect Day" and "I Love You Truly." At the age of four, Bond could play on the piano virtually any tune she heard. She studied piano as a child and teen with C.G. Titcomb and blind composer J.W. Bischoff, but was forced to abandon musical instruction in her late teens after her father's death and the family's subsequent destitution. At 18 she married E.J. Smith and soon gave birth to a son, Frederic. The marriage was a failure, but a second one in 1887, to Dr. Frank Lewis Bond, provided Carrie with financial and emotional stability over the next seven years, a time the couple lived in Iron City, MI. Her first manuscripts date to this period: When Church Is Out (her first surviving song) was written in 1887, though not published for a decade. 1895 would be a fateful year for Carrie Bond, in both good and bad ways: her first published songs appeared Is Molly Dead? and Mother's Cradle Song and her husband died from injuries suffered in a fall. That same year she resettled in Chicago with her son. She took in boarders and continued writing songs to make a living, producing Have You Seen My Kittie? and The Bird Song, both 1899. She soon founded a music-publishing house, the Bond Shop, a business she managed with the help of her son, who quit school at 17 to join her. Over the next decade Bond produced some of her finest songs, including the two most popular, I Love You Truly (1901) and A Perfect Day (1910). By the early '20s, Bond had become a national figure for both her songs and vocal talents. She had even sung at the White House for two presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Warren Harding. But by now she had been forced to move her publishing house to Hollywood, CA, owing to declining health. In 1932 her son Frederic, himself in poor health, committed suicide. Bond continued writing songs in the 1930s and '40s, turning out such songs as My Mother's Voice (1942). In 1941, Bond was selected by the General Federation of Women's Clubs as one of two composers representing progress of women during the first half of the century. She published an autobiography The Roads of Melody as well as a collection of poetry, The End of the Road. Carrie Jacobs- Bond died of a heart attack at the age of 84.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2088
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carrie Jacobs-Bond (11 Aug 1862–28 Dec 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2088, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .