Sammy Fain (1902-1989), winner of two Academy Awards for "Secret Love" (1953) from the film Calamity Jane and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" (1955) from the film of the same name (lyrics for both by Paul Francis Webster), started his career as a schoolboy, haunting New York publishers in an effort to sell his songs.
His first success came in a big way in 1924: Sophie Tucker recorded "Noboby Knows What a Red-Haired Mamma Can Do," his first published song (lyrics by Irving Mills and Al Dubin). Noted for his longtime collaboration with Irving Kahal, from 1926 until 1942, they penned such hits as "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella," "I Can Dream, Can't I?," and "I'll Be Seeing You." Other hits include "That Old Feeling" with Lew Brown and "April Love."
Fain's Broadway credits include Everybody's Welcome, Right This Way, Hellzapoppin', Flahooley, Ankles Aweigh, Christine, and Something More. He wrote songs for more than 30 films, including Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Rescuers, receiving a total of 9 Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. Fain also wrote the second theme song for the television series Wagon Train.
Sammy Fain was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1971.
Laura Leigh Davidson will be singing over 20 of Sammy Fain's biggest hits in this exciting new show from Wenhelm Productions' American Composer Series.
Additional Production Information:
That Certain Smile was held over and also played in New York City at Don't Tell Mama:
November 4, 2007, 2:30 p.m.
Technical Director: Bobby Kneeland
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