Sammy Cahn (June 18, 1913 – January 15, 1993) was a 4-time Academy Award-winning American lyricist, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to tin pan alley and Broadway songs, as recorded by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and many others. He played the piano and violin.
Much of Sammy Cahn's early work was written in partnership with Saul Chaplin. Billed simply as "Cahn and Chaplin" (in the manner of "Rodgers and Hart"), they composed witty special material for Warner Brothers' musical short subjects, filmed at Warners' Vitaphone studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Cahn described the beginnings of his career thusly:
Lyric writing has always been a thrilling adventure for me, and something I've done with the kind of ease that only comes with joy! From the beginning the fates have conspired to help my career. Lou Levy, the eminent music publisher, lived around the corner and we met the day I was leaving my first music publisher's office. This led to a partnership that has lasted many years. Lou and I wrote "Rhythm is Our Business," material for Jimmie Lunceford's orchestra, which became my first ASCAP copyright. I'd been churning out "special lyrics" for special occasions for years and this helped facilitate my tremendous speed with lyric writing. Many might have written these lyrics better—but none faster! Glen Gray and Tommy Dorsey became regular customers and through Tommy came the enduring and perhaps most satisfying relationship of my lyric writing career – Frank Sinatra.
In 1988, an annual award for movie songs and scores was started and named the Sammy Awards in honor of the songwriter. When notified, Sammy Cahn said he was "flattered and honored" that these awards were named after him. He was chosen because he had received more Oscar nominations than any other songwriter, twenty-six in all, and also because he received four Oscars for his song lyrics.
In 1993, taking up the sentiments expressed in the song, "High Hopes," the Cahn estate established the "High Hopes Fund" at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The former Joslin patient and songwriter's goal was to provide hope and encouragement to kids with diabetes while supporting research into the causes of the disease.
He was the father of famous jazz/fusion guitarist Steve Khan who had a general dislike for his father, and so changed the spelling of his last name to Khan.
Over the course of his career, he was nominated for 23 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and an Emmy.
Singer-songwriter John Francis was selected to receive the 2006 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for his song, "Love Came to Me Dressed in Red.".(People, Places & Miscellany)
Mar 22, 2007; Singer-songwriter John Francis was selected to receive the 2006 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for his song, "Love Came to Me...