Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn
Los Angeles Times


Sammy Cahn
Music: South side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Musician | Songwriter
Born Samuel Cohen on June 18, 1913 in New York, NY
Died Jan. 15, 1993 of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, CA

Sammy Cahn was a burlesque violinist who grew up to write the lyrics to some of America's favorite songs and win four Academy Awards for such tunes as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "All the Way."

Cahn also won an Emmy in 1955 for the witty song "Love and Marriage," written with composer Jimmy Van Heusen for a musical version of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." The song was the theme song of the popular television series "Married ... With Children." Cahn also wrote lyrics for the children's television show "Sesame Street."

He was considered the nation's highest-paid songwriter during his time, often earning more than $1,000 a word.

Over 33 years, 26 numbers with lyrics by Cahn were nominated for Academy Awards as best song of the year, and in four separate years, two of his songs competed for the award.

The Oscar contenders were written with several composers, most notably Jule Styne and Van Heusen. His many other collaborators included Sammy Fain and George Barrie.

Cahn's highly successful association with Styne led Time magazine to say the team was as important to popular music as Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were to the theater. Their tunes read like a hit parade—"I've Heard That Song Before," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "I'll Walk Alone," "Give Me Five Minutes More," "Time After Time," "It's Been a Long, Long Time" and "It's Magic."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1942 Best Song "It Seems I Heard That Song Before" from Youth on Parade Nomination*
    1944 Best Song "I'll Walk Alone" from Follow the Boys Nomination*
    1945 Best Song "Anywhere" from Tonight and Every Night Nomination*
    1945 Best Song "I Fall in Love Too Easily" from Anchors Aweigh Nomination*
    1948 Best Song "It's Magic" from Romance on the High Seas Nomination*
    1949 Best Song "It's a Great Feeling" from It's a Great Feeling Nomination*
    1950 Best Song "Be My Love" from The Toast of New Orleans Nomination*
    1951 Best Song "Wonder Why" from Rich, Young and Pretty Nomination*
    1952 Best Song "Because You're Mine" from Because You're Mine Nomination*
    1954 Best Song "Three Coins in the Fountain" from Three Coins in the Fountain Win*
    1955 Best Song "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" from The Tender Trap Nomination*
    1955 Best Song "I'll Never Stop Loving You" from Love Me or Leave Me Nomination*
    1956 Best Song "Written on the Wind" from Written on the Wind Nomination*
    1957 Best Song "All the Way" from The Joker Is Wild Win*
    1958 Best Song "To Love and Be Loved" from Some Came Running Nomination*
    1959 Best Song "The Best of Everything" from The Best of Everything Nomination*
    1959 Best Song "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head Win*
    1960 Best Song "The Second Time Around" from High Time Nomination*
    1961 Best Song "Pocketful of Miracles" from Pocketful of Miracles Nomination*
    1963 Best Song "Call Me Irresponsible" from Papa's Delicate Condition Win*
    1964 Best Song "My Kind of Town" from Robin and the 7 Hoods Nomination*
    1964 Best Song "Where Love Has Gone" from Where Love Has Gone Nomination*
    1967 Best Song "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Thoroughly Modern Millie Nomination*
    1968 Best Song "Star!" from Star! Nomination*
    1973 Best Song "All That Love Went to Waste" from A Touch of Class Nomination*
    1975 Best Original Song "Now That We're in Love" from Whiffs Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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