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Sammy Cahn Profile

On what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the most honored songwriters of Hollywood, Broadway and Tin Pan Alley, TCM presents a tribute to Sammy Cahn, best remembered for the catchy, romantic lyrics that turned dozens of his songs into American standards.

Cahn's songs scored no less than 23 Academy Award nominations, and he won the Oscar® itself for one of his most iconic creations, the title song from Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), introduced by Frank Sinatra on the soundtrack of that film. In addition to Coins, TCM is showcasing four other films with Oscar®-nominated Cahn songs: "I Fall in Love Too Easily" sung by Sinatra in Anchors Aweigh (1945), "Anywhere," sung by Janet Blair in Tonight and Every Night (1945), "It's Magic," sung by Doris Day in Romance on the High Seas (1948) and "My Kind of Town," sung by Sinatra in Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).

Cahn was born Samuel Cohen on the Lower East Side of New York City into a family of Jewish immigrants. Much of his early work was created in partnership with Saul Chaplin for musical short subjects filmed at Warner Bros.' Vitaphone studio in Brooklyn. Cahn moved to Hollywood in 1940 and began writing for feature films - songs, scores and incidental music. In writing for the movies Cahn worked with such composers as Jule Styne, Jimmy Van Heusen and Nicholas Brodzsky. The stars with whom he was most closely associated are Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, who sang Cahn's lyrics in some of their most successful films including Sinatra's It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), The Tender Trap (1955), The Joker Is Wild (1957), A Hole in the Head (1959), Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Come Blow Your Horn (1963); and Day's It's a Great Feeling (1949), April in Paris (1952) and Love Me or Leave Me (1955). Among many others who had hits with Cahn's songs were Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Other Cahn songs include such legendary titles as "I'll Walk Alone," "Because You're Mine," "The Second Time Around," "I'll Never Stop Loving You," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," "Love and Marriage" and "Teach Me Tonight." His Broadway stage scores included High Button Shoes, Two's Company and Skyscraper. Married twice and the father of two children, he died in 1993.

By Roger Fristoe

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