Sammy Cahn had his most successful and enduring partnerships with composers Saul Chaplin, Jule Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen. Several of his songs were written for Frank Sinatra. He died in 1993, at the age of 79.
Terry Gross spoke with Sammy Cahn in 1985 where he sings his songs at the slightest provocation. And when he was commissioned to write a song for a particular singer, he would insist on performing it for him (or her?) to show what he had in mind. When it was time to demonstrate a song for a great singer, Cahn never lacked confidence, even if the singer was Frank Sinatra.
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