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date: 30 March 2020

Cahn [Cohen, Kahn], Sammy [Samuel]locked

  • Samuel S. Brylawski

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[Samuel]

(b New York, June 18, 1913; d Los Angeles, Jan 15, 1993). American lyricist. His first assignments as a lyricist were for speciality material for dance bands. In 1937 he and Saul Chaplin, with whom he had earlier led a dance band, adapted a Yiddish theatre song into a very successful song for the Andrews Sisters, Bei mir bist du schön. With Chaplin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Nicholas Brodszky and Jule Styne, he wrote many successful songs for Hollywood films, notably for Frank Sinatra, and won many Academy nominations and awards. His talent for adapting lyrics for special occasions and personalities brought him many commissions for song parodies for industrial shows, benefits and television. High Button Shoes (1947), written with Jule Styne, was a successful Broadway stage show, as was an autobiographical revue, Words and Music (1974).

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Current Biography Yearbook (1955-)