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Sammy Cahn

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Lyricist, Film Producer

(1913 - 1993)

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Sammy Cahn is one of the most successful of lyricists. He won four Academy Awards: The title song from Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), “All the Way” from The Joker Is Wild(1957), “High Hopes” from A Hole in the Head(1959), and “Call Me Irresponsible” from Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963), received 22 other nominations and won an Emmy for “Love and Marriage” (1955). He also took his one-man show to Broadway in 1974.

Cahn began writing with Saul Chaplin. They wrote Jimmie Lunceford’s theme song, “Rhythm Is Our Business” (1935), “Until The Real Thing Comes Along” (1936), and “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen” (1938), adapted from a Yiddish song, which put the Andrews Sisters on the charts.

Cahn’s next collaboration was with Jule Styne writing for movies. 1944 alone brought “There Goes That Song Again,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” and “Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week.” “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “The Things We Did Last Summer,” “Time After Time,” and “It’s Magic” represent the next four years.

Cahn had partnered with Jimmy Van Heusen on “It Seems I’ve Heard that Song Before” (1942) and the Broadway show, High Button Shoes (1947). Frank Sinatra reunited them for television’s Our Town in 1955, and Cahn enjoyed his most rewarding period, including the Oscars and Emmy. The Cahn/Van Heusen songs revived Sinatra’s career: “The Tender Trap” (1955), “Come Fly with Me” (1957), “Only the Lonely” (1958), “The Second Time Around” (1960), “My Kind of Town” (1964), and “September of My Years” (1965).

William Zinsser points out in Easy to Remember that Cahn was highly adept at tailoring lyrics to the singer. For instance, his emotionally obtuse lyrics perfectly suited Bing Crosby while he wrote up-front, emotionally bold lyrics for Sinatra.

Cahn is survived by his son, jazz guitarist Steve Khan.

- Sandra Burlingame

An Evening with Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn

The Jazz Giants Play Sammy Cahn: It's Magic

Jazz Giants

Swings the Sammy Cahn Songbook

Ralph Sharon

It's Magic: Capitol Sings Sammy Cahn

Various Artists

All the Way

Jimmy Scott

Come Fly with Me

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Sings Only for the Lonely

Frank Sinatra

September of My Years

Frank Sinatra

Walking Happy (1966 Original Broadway Cast)

Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Norman Wisdon, George Rose, Louise Troy

Higher And Higher (1944 Film) / Step Lively (1944 Film) [2 on 1]

Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
Reading and Viewing

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Sammy Cahn

I Should Care: The Sammy Cahn Story

Arbor House

William Knowlton Zinsser

Easy to Remember: The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs

David R. Godine Publisher

Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn's Rhyming Dictionary

Cherry Lane Music

Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara

Three Coins In the Fountain

20th Century Fox


Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Keenan Wynn

A Hole in the Head

MGM (Video & DVD)


Julie Andrews, James Fox

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)


Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Grant Williams, Robert J. Wilke, Edward Platt, Harry Shannon, John Larch, Joseph Granby, Roy Glenn, Maidie Norman, William Schallert, Joanne Jordan, Dani Crayne, Dorothy Porter

Written on the Wind - Criterion Collection


DVD Wrote title song with Victor Young

Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charles Ruggles

Papa's Delicate Condition



Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds

The Tender Trap (1955)


Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, Doris Day, Oscar Levant, S.Z. Sakall, Page Cavanaugh Trio

Romance on the High Seas / Movie

MGM (Video & DVD)

VHS Introduced "It's Magic"

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