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Co-wrote "Bei Mir Bost Du Schon"


Saul Chaplin was born Saul Kaplin in Brooklyn, New York on February 19, 1912, and attended New York University's School of Commerce with the intention of becoming an accountant. A self-taught pianist, he earned money while in school by playing with local bands. One night in 1933 he was approached by another band member, Sammy Kahn, who suggested they try writing songs together.

They quickly discovered that they enjoyed working together, and soon they were writing as many as ten songs a day. The twosome made money for a time as writers of special material for entertainers at resorts in the Catskills and in 1934 they had their first published song, "Rhythm Is Our Business", which became a Number I hit for bandleader Jimmy Lunceford. In the process, they ceased to be Kahn and Kaplin, changing their names to Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin. They followed up on that first hit with a remarkable succession of hit songs during the next few years, including "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" (written with Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols, and L.E. Freeman), "Shoe Shine Boy", "Dedicated To You" (with Hy Zaret), and "Please Be Kind ". When the then-unknown Andrews Sisters recorded Cahn and Chaplin's English version of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" (adapted from a 1933 Yiddish theater song by Sholem Secunda and Jacob Jacobs) in 1937, they had one of the biggest hits of that era, firmly establishing the careers of Chaplin, Cahn, and the Andrews Sisters themselves.

In 1940, Chaplin and Cahn moved to Hollywood where they were songwriters for Columbia Pictures, writing material for low-budget film…

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Discography Highlights

ANNIVERSARY SONG Al Jolson, Saul Chaplin
Mood Music

BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON (MEANS THAT YOU’RE GRAND) Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn, Jacob Jacobs, Sholom Secunda
Warner Bros., Inc.

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