I love the story that lyricist SAMMY CAHN tells of when he was Oscar nominated (with composer Jule Styne ) for Best Song, “Three Coins In a Fountain”.
Sammy was living in the same road as Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Humphrey Bogart, all of whom were also nominated for Oscars in 1955.
But only Sammy won! He received a telegram from the others which said, “Thanks for not letting the street down!”
Sammy Cahn (1913-1993} won 4 Best Song Oscars. The others were “All The Way”, “High Hopes” and “Call Me Irresponsible” – music by Jimmy Van Heusen. Cahn and Van Heusen wrote many songs for Frank Sinatra.
I have fond memories of seeing Sammy Cahn doing his one-man show in London. He was a terrific raconteur and one of his stories was about collaborating with composer Jule Styne for the first time.
Styne played a melody, and after a few minutes, Sammy turned to him and said, “It seems to me I’ve heard that song before, It’s from an old familiar score..”
Styne said, “What are you, a tune detective?”
(”Word Weaver” was a phrase used in one of the tributes to Sammy Cahn on his death.)