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I Love You Truly

The song “I Love You Truly” became a popular song to sing at weddings. It was the best song in 1912. This ballad of devotion to love was heard in the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

This song counts as a parlor song and was written by Carrie Jacobs-Bond. It was published in 1901 and became a song known to be sung at weddings. Carrie Jacobs-Bond started writing songs to help her husband with income. When he died in 1895 she wrote: “I Love Your Truly” after she returned to her hometown Janesville, Wisconsin. Afterward, she moved to Chicago and made ends meet by painting china and renting out rooms.

Finally with the help of friends she published a sheet music collection of her compositions titled Seven Songs as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose in 1901. One of the songs was “I Love You Truly” and she had it published separately in 1906. The song became a great success and sold more than a million copies. It was categorized as a “high-class ballad” and became a standard at weddings as well as with barbershop quartets. Actress and singer Jeanette McDonald did a very nice version of this song and I have included that one.

Carrie Jacobs-Bond was invited by three presidents to the White House and each time she sang “I Love You Truly”. The song has been sung by many recording artists among them Bing Crosby and Pat Boone.

I have written many romantic poems that now I am thinking that perhaps among them is a great song and I am sitting on millions. Oh, it is nice to dream.

The photo is of the author of the song Carrie Jacobs-Bond.

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