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Sammy Cahn

They Write the Songs, Series 2 Episode 7 of 10

Duration:
57 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 February 2013

International superstar Barry Manilow returns with a second series celebrating the lives and work of the great songwriters.
Over ten programmes, Barry covers some 70 years of song writing, beginning with the father of the popular song, Jerome Kern (the man who took us from three quarter time to four beats in the bar). Barry traces the development of the songwriter's art through legends like Cole Porter, great partnerships like Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and extraordinary songsmiths like Johnny Mercer and Sammy Cahn.
Sitting at the piano in his Palm Spring home, Barry illustrates the development of the popular song, from the traditional partnership of lyric and melody writing, through to studio-derived tracking designed to sell on the radio and jukebox.
He comments on the influence of British writers like Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse; looks at the transition of style from musical theatre to pop song, via Bacharach and David; and finishes with the dominance of the Motown sound and writers Holland Dozier Holland.
This is a fascinating insider's look at the songwriters art, told through the lives and work of some of its greatest exponents.

Music Played

14 items
  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me

    Songs With Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, SC, SC-61813

  • Image for The Andrews Sisters

    The Andrews Sisters Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

    The Cream Of The Andrews Sisters, FLAPPER, PASTCD-9766

  • Image for Barry Manilow

    Barry Manilow All The Way

    Manilow Sings Sinatra, ARISTA, 07822-19033 2

  • Image for Clare Teal

    Clare Teal Teach Me Tonight

    The Road Less Travelled, CANDID, CCD-79794

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Time After Time

    Frank Sinatra Sings The Select Sammy Cahn, CAPITOL, 838-094 2

  • Image for Doris Day

    Doris Day It's Magic

    It's Magic, NAXOS NOSTALGIA, 8. 120-669

  • Image for The Four Aces

    The Four Aces Three Coins In A Fountain

    Unforgettable Fifties, GOOD MUSIC, UKD-103

  • Image for Mario Lanza

    Mario Lanza Be My Love

    The Collection, RCA VICTOR, GD-60889

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry

    Frank Sinatra Sings The Select Sammy Cahn, Capitol, 7243-83809424

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Only The Lonely

    Only The Lonely, CAPITOL, CDP-7 48471 2

  • Image for Barry Manilow

    Barry Manilow Papa Won't You Dance With Me

  • Image for Gracie Fields

    Gracie Fields Papa Won't You Dance With Me?

    The Best Of Gracie Fields, SPECTRUM, 544-2752

  • Image for Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand The Second Time Around

    The Movie Album, COLUMBIA, COL-5134212

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra I've Heard That Song Before

    Frank Sinatra Sings The Select Sammy Cahn, CAPITOL, 7243-83809424

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