2021 LEGEND AWARD
Throughout Sammy Cahn’s legendary career, he was nominated for more than 30 Academy Awards and won four times. His songs were recorded by virtually every major singer including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Doris Day and many more. And he wrote some of the best known of all popular songs including “Come Fly With Me,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Love and Marriage,” “My Kind of Town,” “The Second Time Around,” and hundreds more.
Frank Sinatra and Sammy Cahn had been friendly from Sinatra’s early days with Tommy Dorsey, and many of his songs had been written for Sinatra’s movies. In 1955, Sinatra introduced Cahn to composer Jimmy Van Heusen, beginning Cahn’s last major collaboration. They wrote the title song for the 1955 Sinatra film The Tender Trap. Also, in 1955, Cahn and Van Heusen wrote a TV musical version of Our Town, which starred Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Eva Marie Saint and produced the classic tune “Love And Marriage.”
In 1957, Cahn and Van Heusen wrote “All The Way” for the Sinatra film The Joker Is Wild. It won Cahn his second Oscar. Several of Cahn and Van Heusen’s songs were written as title songs for Sinatra albums, including 1957’s “Come Fly With Me,” 1958’s “Only The Lonely,” 1959’s “Come Dance With Me” and “When No One Cares,” and 1965’s “September Of My Years.”
Sammy Cahn became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and took over as President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and now has a Lifetime Achievement Award in his name.
Bio is Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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