Sinatra Swings is an album by Frank Sinatra, released in 1961. The album's two titles derive from the fact that Capitol thought this album titled Swing Along With Me, was so close in sound and title to Sinatra's earlier Capitol album Come Swing with Me! that the label sought, was granted, a court order requiring Reprise to change the title of this, only his second Reprise album, to Sinatra Swings. Reprise was not required to recall LPs shipped, but had to print new labels and jackets. All compact disc releases have retained the artwork with the alternate title intact, it was advertised on the record sleeve as featuring "twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things recorded." The tracks were conducted by Billy May and his orchestra. Sinatra had a small hit with the single Granada included on this album. "Falling in Love with Love" – 1:49 "The Curse of an Aching Heart" – 2:06 "Don't Cry, Joe" – 3:05 "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" – 2:56 "Love Walked In" – 2:19 "Granada" – 3:38 "I Never Knew" – 2:14 "Don't Be That Way" – 2:41 "Moonlight on the Ganges" – 3:18 "It's a Wonderful World" – 2:17 "Have You Met Miss Jones?"
– 2:30 "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" – 4:09 Frank Sinatra - vocals Billy May - arranger, conductor
Dorothy Fields was an American librettist and lyricist. She wrote over 400 songs for Broadway films, her best-known pieces include "The Way You Look Tonight", "A Fine Romance", "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "Don't Blame Me", "Pick Yourself Up", "I'm in the Mood for Love", "You Couldn't Be Cuter" and "Big Spender". Throughout her career, she collaborated with various influential figures in the American musical theater, including Jerome Kern, Cy Coleman, Irving Berlin, Jimmy McHugh. Along with Ann Ronell, Dana Suesse, Bernice Petkere, Kay Swift, she was one of the first successful Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood female songwriters. Fields was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey, grew up in New York City. In 1923, Fields graduated from the Benjamin School for Girls in New York City. At school, she was outstanding in the subjects of English and basketball, her poems were published in the school's literary magazine. Her family was involved in show business, her father, Lew Fields, was a Jewish immigrant from Poland who partnered with Joe Weber to become one of the most popular comedy duos near the end of the nineteenth century.
They were known as the Fields vaudeville act. When the duo separated in 1904, Lew Fields went on to further his career in another direction, by becoming one of the most influential theater producers of his time. From 1904 until 1916, he produced about 40 Broadway shows, was nicknamed “The King of Musical Comedy” because of his achievements, her mother was Rose Harris. She had two older brothers and Herbert, who became successful on Broadway: Joseph as a writer and producer, Herbert as a writer who became Dorothy's collaborator. Despite her natural familial connections to the theatre via her father, he disapproved of her choice to pursue acting and did everything he could to prevent her from becoming a serious actress; this began. Hence Dorothy began working as a teacher and a laboratory assistant, whilst secretly submitting work to magazines. In 1926, Fields met the popular song composer J. Fred Coots, who proposed that the two begin writing songs together. Nothing came out of this interaction and introduction.
Fields's career as a professional songwriter took off in 1928 when Jimmy McHugh, who had seen some of her early work, invited her to provide some lyrics for him for Blackbirds of 1928. The show, starring Adelaide Hall, became. Fields and McHugh teamed up until 1935. Songs from this period include "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "Exactly Like You", "On the Sunny Side of the Street". During the 1920s, she and McHugh wrote specialty numbers for the various Cotton Club revues, many of which were recorded by Duke Ellington. In the mid 1930s, Fields started to write lyrics for films and collaborated with other composers, including Jerome Kern. With Kern, she worked on the movie version of Roberta, on their greatest success, Swing Time; the song "The Way You Look Tonight" earned the Fields/Kern team an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. She wrote the lyrics for the songs in the 1936 movie The King Steps Out, based on the early years of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, directed by Josef von Sternberg.
Fields returned to New York and worked again on Broadway shows, but now as a librettist, first with Arthur Schwartz on Stars In Your Eyes. In the 1940s, she teamed up with her brother Herbert Fields, with whom she wrote the books for three Cole Porter shows, Let's Face It!, Something for the Boys, Mexican Hayride. In 1946, Fields approached Oscar Hammerstein II with her idea for a new musical based on the life of famous female sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Hammerstein agreed to produce the show. Kern and Fields were signed on to write the songs in the show. Kern died before the two were able to begin working on the project, Irving Berlin was hired to replace him. Together and her brother Herbert wrote the book for Annie Get Your Gun, while Berlin provided all the music; the show, starring Ethel Merman, was a huge success. In the 1950s, her biggest success was the show Redhead, which won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical; when she started collaborating with Cy Coleman in the 1960s, her career took a new turn.
Their first work together was Sweet Charity. Her last hit was from their second collaboration in Seesaw; the show began on Broadway on March 18, 1973, ended its run on December 8, 1973. Its signature song was "It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish." Throughout her 48-year career, Fields cowrote more than 400 songs and worked on 15 stage musicals and 26 movies. Her lyrics were known for their strong characterization, clarity in language, humor, she was a lifelong lover of classical music. Fields' professional longevity was rare at the time for a songwriter. Fields is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, inducted posthumously in 1988. Fields had disciplined work habits, she was known to spend about eight weeks researching and making notes on a project before returning to her regular 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily work routine. Fields died of a heart attack on March 28, 1974, at the age of 69; the New York Times reported "Dorothy Fields, the versatil
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Edward William May Jr. was an American composer and trumpeter. He composed film and television music for The Green Hornet, The Mod Squad and Naked City, he collaborated on films such as Pennies from Heaven, orchestrated Cocoon, Cocoon: The Return, among others. May wrote arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Bing Crosby and Young, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, The Andrews Sisters and Ella Mae Morse, he collaborated with satirist Stan Freberg on several classic 1950s and 1960s satirical music albums. As a trumpet player, during the 1940s big band May recorded such songs as "Measure for Measure", "Long Tall Mama", "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby", "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra. With his own band, May had a hit single, "Charmaine", in 1952, he released several albums including Sorta-May. May was born in Pennsylvania.
He started out playing the tuba in the high school band. "I sat in the rear of the stand. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was intrigued with becoming an arranger and an orchestrator." At the age of seventeen May began playing with Gene Olsen's Polish-American Orchestra. After playing for a few local bands, May heard Charlie Barnet's band on the radio in his hometown of Pittsburgh. In the summer of 1938, he approached the bandleader and asked if he could write arrangements for the band. From 1938 -- 40, he played trumpet for Barnet's big band, his arrangement of the Ray Noble composition "Cherokee" became a major hit of the swing music era. During the Barnet days, May revealed a significant flair for satire on a composition, "The Wrong Idea", composed with Barnet, ridiculing the bland "Mickey Mouse" style of safe big-band music, with specific aim at bandleader Sammy Kaye, known for his "swing and sway" trademark. May's caustic lyrics to the song called it "swing and sweat with Charlie Barnet".
Bandleader Glenn Miller hired May away from Barnet in 1940. "May points out that he was not responsible for any of the band's signature hits, but he did write the beautiful left-field introduction to Finegan's'Serenade In Blue'". Miller and May had a wary relationship. According to Will Friedwald, by 1942, May was ready to resign from the Miller band. Miller refused to record half of May's arrangements, May objected to the regimented style of Miller's band, but since Miller was joining the military, he convinced May to stay on. May said around 1995, after a life of heavy drinking and going to rehabilitation for alcoholism, that working with Glenn Miller "helped me immensely. I learned a lot from Glenn, he was a good musician and an excellent arranger." He became a much-coveted arranger and studio orchestra leader after that band broke up, going on to work with Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O'Day, Bing Crosby. At Capitol, May wrote arrangements for many top artists; these included Frank Sinatra on the albums Come Fly with Me, Come Dance with Me! and Come Swing with Me!.
Look at Me Now. May's orchestra was featured on many Capitol Records children's projects, including cowboy star, Hopalong Cassidy, he worked with early 1950s satirist Stan Freberg, using his arranging skills to help Freberg create his spoofs of current hits by creating musical backing stunningly close to the original hit single. On Freberg's Wun'erful, Wun'erful! A lacerating spoof of bandleader Lawrence Welk, May hired some of the best jazz musicians in Hollywood for his recording sessions, they relished the idea of mocking the financially successful Welk sound, which they considered musically awful; the result was a note-perfect recreation of Welk's sound as Freberg and a group of vocalists created parodies of Welk's "musical family". Freberg has recounted. May composed and conducted the music for Freberg's short-lived comedy radio series on CBS, which ran for fifteen episodes in 1957, his send-up of trashy horror-film music is notable. May won two Grammy Awards including Best Performance by an Orchestra in 1958 and for Best Arrangement in 1959.
Much of May's work for Capitol has been reissued on the Ultra-Lounge series of CDs. The Crosby-Clooney collaboration was a sequel to
Early life of Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915. He grew up in a tenement with his parents. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in an upstairs tenement at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa and Antonino Martino "Marty" Sinatra; the couple had eloped on Valentine's Day, 1913, were married at the city hall in Jersey City, New Jersey. Sinatra weighed 13.5 pounds at birth and had to be delivered with the aid of forceps, which caused severe scarring to his left cheek and ear, perforated his ear drum, damage that remained for life. Due to his injuries at birth, his baptism was delayed for several months. A childhood operation on his mastoid bone left major scarring on his neck, during adolescence he suffered from cystic acne that scarred his face and neck; some children called him "Scarface". Sinatra was raised Roman Catholic; when Sinatra's mother, was a child, her pretty face earned her the nickname "Dolly".
As an adult, she stood less than five feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. Sinatra biographer James Kaplan describes her as having a "politician's temperament—restless, unreflective", she was the daughter of a lithographer. Born in Genoa in northern Italy, she was brought to the United States. Dolly was influential in local Democratic Party circles, she used her knowledge of Italian dialects and fluent English to translate for immigrants during court proceedings those pertaining to requests for citizenship. This earned her the respect of local politicians, she was the first immigrant woman to hold that position in her local third ward, reliably delivered as many as six hundred votes for Democratic candidates. In 1919, she chained herself to city hall in support of the Women's suffrage movement, she worked as a midwife, earning $50 for each delivery, a fair amount of money at the time. These activities kept Dolly away from home during much of her son's childhood. Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley claims that Dolly ran an illegal abortion service that catered to Italian Catholic girls, was so well known for this doctors referred their patients to her, for whom she would travel as far afield as Jersey City and Union City.
Sinatra's father, Antonino – a small, blue-eyed, ruddy-complexioned man – was from Lercara Friddi, near Palermo, Sicily. His parents had been vineyard cultivators, he arrived at Ellis Island with his mother and sisters in 1903, when they joined his father, Francesco Sinatra, who had immigrated to the US in 1900. Francesco worked for 17 years at the American Pencil company, which "wrecked his lungs" according to granddaughter Nancy. Antonino was a bantamweight boxer. Though a boxer, who would talk "loud and rough", he had a reserved demeanor, he retired from boxing in 1926, after having broken both wrists, found work on the docks as a boilermaker, but was soon laid off due to problems with asthma. He served with the Hoboken Fire Department for 24 years. Kaplan claims. In 1920, Prohibition of alcohol became law in the US. Dolly and Marty ran a tavern during those years, allowed to operate by local officials who refused to enforce the law. Kaplan notes the possibility that the Sinatras procured their liquor from members of the American Mafia.
They purchased the bar, which they named Marty O'Brien's, with money they borrowed from Dolly's parents. When they were busy with the tavern, Sinatra was watched by relatives and sometimes a Jewish neighbor named Mrs. Goldberg, who taught him Yiddish; when Sinatra was six, his uncle Babe, Dolly's brother, was arrested for driving a getaway car after a Railway Express truck driver was murdered. Though Dolly attended his trial daily and attempted to evoke sympathy, her brother was convicted and sentenced to prison for 15 years. Other family members had minor clashes with the law. Sinatra recalled spending time at the bar, working on his homework and singing a song on top of the player piano for spare change. During the Great Depression, Dolly provided money to her son for outings with friends, for him to buy expensive clothes, he earned pocket money by singing on street corners. Neighbors described him as the "best-dressed kid in the neighborhood" and the "richest kid on the block", aided by the fact that he was an only child, had his own bedroom.
According to Kaplan, Dolly doted on her son, but she abused him when he angered her, hitting him with small bat she kept at Marty O'Brien's. Excessively thin and small as a child and young man, Sinatra's skinny frame became a staple of his own jokes and those of the Rat Pack members during stage shows, one self-effacing joke being: "A little kid, skinny. So skinny my eyes were single file. Between those two and my belly button my old man thought I was a clarinet". Sinatra developed an interest in music big band jazz, from a young age, became addicted to listening to the radio, "entranced by the new musical and comedy routines and captivated by the huge audiences they commanded", according to biographer Chris Rojek, he began singing at a young age, sitting on top of the piano at his parent's bar in Hoboken, "Marty's O'Brien's. Dolly was not enthusiastic at the idea of her son becoming a singer, but she realized when Sinatra was as young as 11 he had something
Nelson Smock Riddle Jr. was an American arranger, composer and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith household names, he found commercial and critical success again in the 1980s with a trio of Platinum albums with Linda Ronstadt. His orchestrations earned an Academy Award and three Grammy Awards. Riddle was born in Oradell, New Jersey, the only child of Marie Albertine Riddle and Nelson Smock Riddle, moved to nearby Ridgewood, where he attended Ridgewood High School, where he was encouraged to pursue his interest in music. Following his father's interest in music, he began taking piano lessons at age eight and trombone lessons at age fourteen. A formative experience was hearing Serge Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing Maurice Ravel's Boléro. Riddle said later: "...
I've never forgotten it. It's as if the orchestra leaped from the stage and smacked you in the face..."By his teenage years he had decided to become a professional musician. I wanted to be a jazz trombone player, but I didn't have the coordination." So his inclinations began to turn to writing — composing and arranging. Riddle and his family had a summer house in New Jersey, he enjoyed Rumson so much that he convinced his parents to allow him to attend high school there for his senior year. In Rumson while playing for trumpeter Charlie Briggs' band, the Briggadiers, he met one of the most important influences on his arranging style: Bill Finegan, with whom he began arranging lessons. Despite being only four years older than Riddle, Finegan was more musically sophisticated, within a few years creating not only some of the most popular arrangements from the swing era, such as Glenn Miller's "Little Brown Jug", but great jazz arrangements such as Tommy Dorsey's "Chloe" and "At Sundown" from the mid-1940s.
After his graduation from Rumson High School, he spent his late teens and early 20s playing trombone in and arranging for various local dance bands, culminating in his association with the Charlie Spivak Orchestra. In 1943, Riddle joined the Merchant Marine, serving at Sheepshead Bay, New York for about two years while continuing to work for the Charlie Spivak Orchestra, he studied orchestration under composer Alan Shulman. After his enlistment term ended, Riddle traveled to Chicago to join Tommy Dorsey's orchestra in 1944, where he remained the orchestra's third trombone for eleven months until drafted by the Army in April 1945, shortly before the end of World War II, he was discharged in June 1946, after fifteen months of active duty. He moved shortly thereafter to Hollywood to pursue his career as an arranger and spent the next several years writing arrangements for multiple radio and record projects. In May 1949, Doris Day had a #2 hit, "Again", backed by Riddle. In 1950, Riddle was hired by composer Les Baxter to write arrangements for a recording session with Nat King Cole.
Although one of the songs Riddle had arranged, "Mona Lisa," soon became the biggest selling single of Cole's career, the work was credited to Baxter. However, once Cole learned the identity of the arrangement's creator, he sought out Riddle's work for other sessions, thus began a fruitful partnership that furthered the careers of both men at Capitol. During the same year, Riddle struck up a conversation with Vern Yocum, a big band jazz musician who would transition into music preparation for Frank Sinatra and other entertainers at Capitol Records. A collaboration followed with Vern becoming Riddle's "right hand" as copyist and librarian for the next thirty years. In 1953, Capitol Records executives viewed the up-and-coming Riddle as a prime choice to arrange for the newly arrived Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was reluctant however, preferring instead to remain with Axel Stordahl, his long-time collaborator from his Columbia Records years; when success of the first few Capitol sides with Stordahl proved disappointing, Sinatra relented and Riddle was called in to arrange his first session for Sinatra, held on April 30, 1953.
The first product of the Riddle-Sinatra partnership, "I've Got the World on a String", became a runaway hit and is credited with relaunching the singer's slumping career. Riddle's personal favorite was a Sinatra ballad album, one of his most successful recordings, Only the Lonely. For the next decade, Riddle continued to arrange for Sinatra and Cole, in addition to such Capitol artists as Kate Smith, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Keely Smith, Sue Raney, Ed Townsend, he found time to release his own instrumental discs of 45 rpm and albums on the Capitol label. For example, Riddle's most successful tune was "Lisbon Antigua", released in November 1955 and reached and remained at the #1 position for four weeks in 1956. Riddle's most notable LP discs were Hey... Let Yourself Go and C'mon... Get Happy, both of which peaked at a respectable number twenty on the Billboard charts. While at Capitol, Riddle continued his successful career arranging music for film, most notably with MGM's Conrad Salinger on the first onscreen duet between Bing Crosby and Sinatra in High Society, the 1957 film version of Pal Joey directed by George Sidney for Columbia Pictures.
In 1969, he arranged and conducted the music for the film Paint Your Wagon, which starred a trio of non-singers, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg. In 1957, Riddle and his orchestra were feature
Sammy Cahn was an American lyricist and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to films and Broadway songs, as well as stand-alone songs premiered by recording companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area, he and his collaborators had a series of hit recordings with Frank Sinatra during the singer's tenure at Capitol Records, but enjoyed hits with Dean Martin, Doris Day and many others. He played the violin, he won an Oscar 4 times for his songs, including the popular song "Three Coins in the Fountain". Among his most enduring songs is "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", cowritten with Jule Styne in 1945. Cahn was born Samuel Cohen in the Lower East Side of New York City, the only son of Abraham and Elka Reiss Cohen, who were Jewish immigrants from Galicia ruled by Austria-Hungary, his sisters, Pearl and Evelyn, all studied the piano. His mother did not approve of Sammy studying it though, feeling that the piano was a woman's instrument, so he took violin lessons. After three lessons and following his bar mitzvah, he joined a small dixieland band called Pals of Harmony, which toured the Catskill Mountains in the summer and played at private parties.
This new dream of Cahn's destroyed. Some of the side jobs he had were playing violin in a theater-pit orchestra, working at a meat-packing plant, serving as a movie-house usher, freight-elevator operator, restaurant cashier, porter at a bindery. At age 16, he was watching vaudeville, of which he had been a fan since the age of 10, he witnessed Jack Osterman singing a ballad Osterman had written. Cahn was inspired and, on his way home from the theater, wrote his first lyric, titled "Like Niagara Falls, I'm Falling for You – Baby." Years he would say "I think a sense of vaudeville is strong in anything I do, anything I write. They call it'a vaudeville finish,' and it comes through in many of my songs. Just sing the end of'All the Way' or'Three Coins in the Fountain'—'Make it mine, make it mine, MAKE IT MINE!' If you let people know they should applaud, they will applaud."Much of Cahn's early work was written in partnership with Saul Chaplin. They first met. Cahn said, "I'd learned a few chords on the piano, maybe two, so I'd tried to write a song.
Something I called'Shake Your Head from Side to Side.'" Billed as "Cahn and Chaplin", they composed witty special material for Warner Brothers' musical short subjects, filmed at Warners' Vitaphone studio in Brooklyn, New York. "There was a legendary outfit on West 46th Street and Pransky... they were the MCA, the William Morris of the Borscht Belt. I got a room in their offices, we started writing special material. For anybody who'd have us—at whatever price." They did not make much money, but they did work with up-and-comers Milton Berle, Danny Kaye, Phil Silvers, Bob Hope. One of his childhood friends was Lou Levy, who had gone from neighborhood bum to blackface dancer with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Lyric writing has always been a thrilling adventure for me, 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. 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 most satisfying relationship of my lyric writing career – Frank Sinatra; the song became the Orchestra's signature song. The duo worked for Glen Gray's Casa Loma Orchestra and their premiere at Paramount Theatre, they worked for Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy and they wrote Until the Real Thing Comes Along. Cahn wrote the lyrics to "Love and Marriage,", used as the theme song for the FOX TV show Married... with Children. The song debuted in a 1955 television production of Our Town, won an Emmy Award in 1956; this was only one of many songs that Jimmy Van Heusen wrote for Frank Sinatra.
They were "almost considered to be his personal songwriters."Cahn contributed lyrics for two otherwise unrelated films about the Land of Oz, Journey Back to Oz and The Wizard of Oz. The former were composed with Van Heusen, the latter with Allen Byrns, Joe Hisaishi, Yuichiro Oda. Cahn became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, he took over the presidency of that organization from his friend Johnny Mercer when Mercer became ill. Cahn died on January 1993, at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California from heart failure, his remains were interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. He changed his last name from Cohen to Kahn to avoid confusion with comic and MGM actor Sammy Cohen and again from Kahn to Cahn to avoid confusion with lyricist Gus Kahn, he was married twice: first in 1945 to vocalist and former Goldwyn girl Gloria Delson with whom he had two children. They divorced after 18 years of marriage. In 1965, she re-married Mike Franks. In 1970, he married Virginia Curtis, a former fashion coordinator for the clothes designer Donald Brooks.
He was the father of Laurie Cahn and jazz/fusion guitarist Steve Khan who, early