|Birth name||Samuel E. Feinberg|
|Also known as||Sammy Fain|
June 17, 1902|
New York City, New York
|Died||December 6, 1989
Los Angeles, California
|Associated acts||Irving Kahal, Lew Brown, Artie Dunn|
Sammy Fain was born in New York City. In 1923, Fain appeared with Artie Dunn in a short film directed by Lee De Forest filmed in DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. In 1925, Fain left the Fain-Dunn act to devote himself to music. Fain was a self-taught pianist who played by ear. He began working as a staff pianist and composer for music publisher Jack Mills.
Later, Fain worked extensively in collaboration with Irving Kahal. Together they wrote classics such as "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella". Another lyricist who collaborated with Fain was Lew Brown, with whom he wrote "That Old Feeling". His Broadway credits also include Everybody's Welcome, Right This Way, Hellzapoppin', I'll Be Seeing You, Flahooley, Ankles Aweigh, Christine and Something More.
Fain also composed music for more than 30 films in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He was nominated for the best Original Song Oscar nine times, winning twice, with "Secret Love" from Calamity Jane in 1954 and with "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" from the movie of the same title in 1955. He co-wrote both songs with Paul Francis Webster, another long-time collaborator. Fain wrote the second theme to the TV series Wagon Train in 1958, which was called "(Roll Along) Wagon Train". He also contributed to the song scores for the Walt Disney animated films Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Rescuers.
In 1963, he collaborated with Harold Adamson in writing songs for the movie The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which came out in 1964, and such songs as "I Wish I Were a Fish", "Be Careful How You Wish" and "Deep Rapture" enhanced his fame.
Work on Broadway
- Everybody's Welcome (1931) - musical - composer
- Right This Way (1938) - musical - featured songwriter for "I'll Be Seeing You"
- Hellzapoppin' (1938) - revue - co-composer and co-lyricist
- George White's Scandals of 1939 (1939) - revue - composer
- Boys and Girls Together (1940) - revue - composer
- Sons o' Fun (1941) - revue - co-composer and co-lyricist
- Toplitzky of Notre Dame (1946) - musical - composer
- Alive and Kicking (1950) - revue - co-composer
- Flahooley (1951) - musical - composer
- Ankles Aweigh (1955) - musical - composer
- Catch a Star (1955) - revue - co-composer
- Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 (1957) - revue - featured songwriter for "An Element of Doubt"
- Christine (1960) - musical - composer
- Something More! (1964) - musical - composer
- Rock 'N Roll! The First 5,000 Years (1982) - revue - featured songwriter for "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"
- Swing! (1999) - revue - featured songwriter for "I'll Be Seeing You"
- Sammy Fain discography at Discogs
- Sammy Fain at the Internet Movie Database
- Sammy Fain at the Internet Broadway Database