Boris Lozhkin
President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress

Celebrating famous Jews from Ukraine: Sammy Cahn

Photo of composer Sammy Cahn to promote his being a guest contestant on the Groucho Marx television program You Bet Your Life. This work is in the public domain
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, who were born in the families of Ukrainian immigrants already in the USA, wrote the song “Let it Snow” in July 1945, dreaming of winter coolness at the height of summer. Although there is not a word about Christmas in it, Let it Snow topped the Billboard Best Sellers music chart in early 1946, and has been one of the most recognizable Christmas tunes since then.
It is difficult to find a star who would not have performed a cover version of Let it Snow, but the most famous is the recording of Frank Sinatra in 1959, the long-term collaboration with whom brought 3 Oscars for the best movie songs to Sammy Cahn.
Almost all American celebrities on the stage and in the movie industry have worked with Cahn. Getting his song for a film in Hollywood was considered the key to the film’s future success.
Cahn’s record for the number of nominations and Oscars won in the entire history of Academy Awards in the best movie song nomination has remained unbeaten from 1935 to the present day. Sammy Cahn has been nominated 26 times, and received an Oscar 4 times.

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Boris Lozhkin is a Ukrainian entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. He is President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress.
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