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Cohen, Samuel (Cahn, Sammy)

Born: 1913 AD
Died: 1993 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Lyricists


1913 - Born on June 18th in New York, New York. American lyricist who, in collaboration with such composers as Saul Chaplin, Jule Styne, and Jimmy Van Heusen, wrote songs that won four Academy Awards and became number one hits for many performers, notably Frank Sinatra.

1933 - Cahn published his first song, “Shake Your Head From Side to Side”, the only song for which he wrote both the words and music.

         - Cahn wrote English lyrics for the Yiddish song “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen”, which became a number one hit for the Andrews Sisters.

1945 - Married first to vocalist and former Goldwyn girl Gloria Delson.

1953 - Cahn collaborated with Styne to write songs for many motion pictures, Broadway musicals, and hit recordings, including the Academy Award-winning “Three Coins in the Fountain,” from film of the same name.

1954 - He wrote lyrics for "Three Coins in the Fountain".

1955 - Cahn and Van Heusen formed a partnership and wrote material for Sinatra, whose recordings won them Oscars for “All the Way”, “High Hopes”, and “Call Me Irresponsible”.

1957 - Wrote "All the Way" and was introduced by Frank Sinatra in the film The Joker is Wild.

1959 - He wrote lyrics of "High Hopes".

1963 - Wrote "Call Me Irresponsible" and music by James Van Heusen.

1970 - Once again he married to Virginia Basile.

         - Changed his last name from Cohen to Kahn to avoid confusion with comic and MGM actor Sammy Cohen.

1972 - Cahn became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1974 - Cahn published I Should Care: The Sammy Cahn Story and performed “Words and Music,” his own one-man Broadway show.

1993 - He died at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California, on 15th of January.

         - Best known for his romantic lyrics to tin pan alley and Broadway songs, as recorded by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day.


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