Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn ( born June 18, 1913 in New York City; † January 15, 1993 in Los Angeles, California; actually Samuel Cohen ) was an American songwriter and musician. He collaborated with Jimmy Van Heusen and wrote with him the Jazz Standard Here's That Rainy Day.

Life and work

The son of Jewish immigrants from Poland was born on June 18, 1913 under the name of Samuel Cohen in the Lower East Side in New York City.

In 1935 he wrote with Jimmie Lunceford (music) and Don Raye ( text) classic Rhythm In My Nurserry Rhyme, also for Lunceford Rhythm Is Our Business. In 1938 he was involved in the Swing Classics For me, you are beautiful with Saul Chaplin. 1942 began working with Jule Styne they wrote pieces for a number of Broadway musicals such as Glad to Se Ya (1944 ) or High Button Shoes ( 1947). 1945 came together later jazz standard I Fall in Love So Easily, 1946, the song The Things We Did Last Summer.

Cahn eventually became famous for his collaboration with songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen in the mid- 1950s in Hollywood, they wrote the music for the 1955 TV series Our Town, participated in the Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra. From this came the song Love and Marriage. In the following years they were Sinatra's favored songwriting team, she also wrote songs for his album Come Fly With Me (1957 ) as the title track and the song It 's Nice To Go Travelin '. On Broadway, the team Cahn / Van Heusen was not quite so successful: The piece skycrapper 1965, written for Julie Harris flopped; as well as the Paramount musical Papa's Delicate Condition. Only the pop song Call Me Irresponsible was it a hit. His last known song was 1968, the title Star! .

Cahn has worked throughout his career except with Van Heusen with Jimmie Lunceford, Don Raye, Saul Chaplin, Jule Styne.

Cahn was married at least twice, from 1945 with Gloria Delson and from 1970 with Virginia Basile; guitarist Steve Khan is his son. Throughout his career he was nominated for 23 Oscars, five Golden Globes and three Emmy. He was four times awarded the Oscar and won an Emmy.

Sammy Cahn died on 15 January 1993 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Work (selection)

The songs

Sammy Cahn wrote, inter alia, the texts for the Academy Award-winning songs:

Other well-known songs were:

  • Anywhere ( Jule Styne with )
  • Be My Love ( with Nicholas Brodzsky )
  • Come Blow Your Horn ( with Jimmy Van Heusen )
  • Come Fly with Me ( with Jimmy Van Heusen )
  • Day By Day ( with Paul Weston and Axel Stordahl )
  • Five Minutes More ( Jule Styne with )
  • Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry ( Jule Styne with )
  • I Fall in Love Too Easily ( Jule Styne with )
  • I'll Never Stop Loving You ( with Nicholas Brodzsky )
  • I'll Walk Alone ( Jule Styne with )
  • I Should Care ( Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston and )
  • I Still Get Jealous ( Jule Styne with )
  • It's Been a Long, Long Time ( Jule Styne with )
  • It's Magic ( Jule Styne with )
  • I've Heard That Song Before ( Jule Styne with )
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ( Jule Styne with )
  • Love and Marriage ( with Jimmy Van Heusen )
  • Papa, Will not You Dance With Me ( Jule Styne with )
  • Please Be Kind ( with Saul Chaplin )
  • Rhythm Is Our Business ( with Saul Chaplin )
  • Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week ( Jule Styne with )
  • Teach Me Tonight ( Gene De Paul )
  • The Second Star to the Right ( with Sammy Fain )
  • The Things We Did Last Summer ( Jule Styne with )
  • Time After Time ( Jule Styne with )
  • Until the Real Thing Comes Along ( with Saul Chaplin )

Broadway musicals

Cahn wrote the lyrics for Love and Marriage, now known as the theme song of the TV series Married with Children. The song originally accompanied the television production Our Town and won an Emmy Award in 1956.