Tuesday, June 18, 2013
June 18 - Sammy Cahn
Lyricist Sammy Cahn was born on June 18, 1913, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, to Polish immigrant parents. He was a violinist in vaudeville orchestras and wrote songs for Broadway musicals. In 1940 he moved to Hollywood, where he collaborated with composer Jule Styne on songs for 19 movies from 1942 to 1951, including "Time After Time" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow." In 1955, his friend Frank Sinatra introduced him to composer Jimmy Van Heusen, with whom he wrote a procession of hits for Sinatra, including “The Tender Trap,” "Love and Marriage," "Three Coins in the Fountain," "All The Way," "Come Fly With Me," "Only The Lonely," "The Second Time Around," "My Kind of Town," "Call Me Irresponsible" and "September of My Years." Sinatra recorded a total of 89 Cahn songs. In 1959 Cahn and Van Heusen also wrote "High Hopes," which later became John F. Kennedy's campaign song (with different lyrics). Cahn holds the record for the most Academy Awards for Best Song (four), three of which were sung by Sinatra.