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Spend an enjoyable hour
listening to songs
by prolific popular lyricist,
Sammy Cahn

This CD was recorded at a live concert in April 2013 in Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

It contains over an hour of wonderful music by an outstanding ensemble of singers and band musicians from American Classics.

All the songs are by the prolific lyricist, Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), who received four Oscars for his lyrics:

"Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954)
"All The Way" (1957)
"High Hopes" (1959)
"Call Me Irresponsible" (1963)

And also he received an Emmy, the first one for a song in a television production, for
"Love and Marriage" from OUR TOWN (TV production, 1955)

All these songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, who was a big fan of Sammy's lyrics.

These are the performers on the "It's Magic" CD:

Valerie Anastasio, Leigh Barrett, Eric Bronner, Bradford Conner,
JoAnne Dickinson, Peter Miller, Davron Munroe, Cynthia Mork,
Joei Marshall Perry, Benjamin Sears, Michelle Vachon.

Band musicians:
Steve Susman and Margaret Ulmer, piano
Dave Matayabas, bass
Ian Carroll. saxophone
Dean Groves, percussion

Masters of Ceremonies:
Popular Boston area radio personality, Ron Della Chiesa

Producers: Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner

Music Director: Bradford Conner

Producing Directors for American Classics:
Bradford Conner, Benjamin Sears, Margaret Ulmer

Executive Producer: Roger Lee Hall

This recording was made possible through a generous grant from the
American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)

CD titles (click the underlined titles for music samples from the concert - for streaming only):

1. High Hopes
2. Good Little Girls
3. Spoken Introduction
4. Teamwork
5. Kiss Me or I'll Scream
6. Spoken Introduction
7. Three Coins in the Fountain
8. All the Way
9. Spoken Introduction
10. It's Magic
11. Spoken Introduction
12. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand)
13. The Christmas Waltz
14. The Christmas Blues
15. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
16. Spoken Introduction
17. The Second Star to the Right
18. Love and Marriage
19. Spoken Introduction
20. It's Been a Long, Long Time
21. Please Be Kind
22. STAR!
23. Spoken Introduction
24. Call Me Irresponsible
25. Spoken Introduction
26. Political Encores: Thumbs Up America! (Ronald Reagan)
and High Hopes (John F. Kennedy Version)


"How lovely to come home after weeks of travel and find your disc.
Many thanks for thinking to send me your CD.
I love your song selections."
-- Mrs. Tita Cahn (widow of Sammy Cahn)




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Sammy Cahn and His Songmates

Sammy worked with many songwriters and arrangers, including George Barrie, Nicholas Brodszky (the "Irving Berlin of Hungary"), Saul Chaplin (Sammy's first collaborator), Vernon Duke, Sammy Fain, Gene DePaul, Axel Stordahl, but most of all with these two great songwriters, who were also Oscar award winners:







With his collaborator, songwriter Jule Styne (1905-1994), Sammy received an Oscar for the song, "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954).








Sammy and James Van Heusen (1913-1990) received three Oscars for their movie songs.



Sammy Cahn and His Oscar and Emmy Awards

Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) was Oscar nominated more than any other songwriter – 26 times in all between 1942 and 1975.

He received Academy Awards (or Oscars) for these four movie songs: 

Academy Awards for Best Song:

  • "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954) - music by Jule Styne
  • "All the Way" from THE JOKER IS WILD (1957) - music by James Van Heusen
  • "High Hopes" from A HOLE IN THE HEAD (1959) - music by James Van Heusen
  • "Call Me Irresponsible" from PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION (1963) - music: James Van Heusen

    Emmy Award:

  • "Love and Marriage" - music by James Van Heusen -
    from the television production, OUR TOWN (1955).


All five award-winning songs were recorded and made popular by Frank Sinatra, a longtime friend and admirer of Sammy's lyrics. Credit is also due to the sublime talents of Nelson Riddle who arranged and conducted the Sinatra sessions for Capitol Records. It was an ideal blending of a great lyricist and songwriter, a superb singer, and an excellent arranger.

Read more at--

"All The Way" - Frank Sinatra in Hollywood








Recommended books


All his most popular songs and some lesser known ones also are included in this excellent collection, chosen by Sammy himself,

The New Sammy Cahn Songbook

Read Sammy's wonderful witty autobiography
with some of his best know lyrics in the back of the book,

I Should Care: The Sammy Cahn Story

I Should Care: The Sammy Cahn Story



Sammy Film Music Awards are listed in this book included on
multimedia DVD, also a recorded radio conversation with Sammy Cahn.

click here


Radio My Way: Featuring Celebrity Profiles from Jazz, Opera, the American Songbook and More (Hardcover)

Radio My Way by Ron Della Chiesa
with Erica Ferencik

(includes a profile of Sammy Cahn)






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