I’m happy to introduce a new feature coming to our blog today – ‘On This Day. In a way, it’s less of a new feature and more of a way to give a bit more context to some of the music I’d like to share with you all.
On this day in 1993, musician and songwriter Sammy Cahn passed away. Cahn wrote the song that I’m covering today – “The Things We Did Last Summer”, which debuted in 1946. His songs won 4 Academy Awards including one for “Three Coins in a Fountain.”
I’ve always loved this melancholy and romantic song, and for me the classic version is sung by Sinatra. This was only one of many songs that Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen wrote for Frank Sinatra. They were almost considered to be his personal songwriters – producing such songs as “All the Way”, “Come Fly With Me”, “High Hopes”, “Call Me Irresponsible”, “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is…)” and “Love and Marriage.”
With composer Jule Styne he is remembered for hits such as “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”, “I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”, and this song, “The Things We Did Last Summer”. He also wrote the lyrics to “Teach Me Tonight”, “Until the Real Thing Comes Along” and even “You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!” from the 1953 film classic Peter Pan! and many, many others.
What a busy guy!! He will live forever every time we listen to one of the tender lyrics to one of his songs. Thanks, Sammy.