Sammy Cahn

The songs of lyricist Sammy Cahn have been recorded by virtually every major singer of the 20th Century and are firmly ingrained in the American Songbook. He was nominated for a record 26 Academy Awards for lyric writing, and won four times, also a record. With Saul Chaplin, Cahn began writing numbers for vaudeville acts at the renowned Cotton Club and had his first success in 1935-36 with "Rhythm is Our Business" and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along," written for the Jimmy Lunceford Band, and 1937's "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," a huge hit recorded by The Andrews Sisters. In 1942, Cahn joined with Jule Styne in Hollywood and together they wrote songs for 19 films, including Frank Sinatra's early films Anchors Aweigh and It Happened In Brooklyn. They won an Academy Award for "Three Coins in the Fountain" and also wrote the Broadway musical High Button Shoes. Sinatra introduced Cahn to composer Jimmy Van Heusen in 1955, and together they wrote the title song for the 1955 Sinatra film The Tender Trap and a TV musical version of Our Town that included the Emmy Award-winning "Love and Marriage." Their long association with Frank Sinatra led to Sinatra's recording 89 of Cahn's songs, including "Come Fly with Me," "Only the Lonely," "All the Way" (Academy Award), "High Hopes" (Academy Award), "Call Me Irresponsible" (Academy Award), "The Second Time Around" and "My Kind of Town." Cahn and Van Heusen also collaborated on the Broadway shows Skyscraper and Walking Happy. Cahn was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and later served as its President. In 1974, Cahn performed a one-man show on Broadway called Words and Music and toured with the show numerous times in the years that followed. Sammy Cahn died on January 15, 1993.