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Wrote "Tender is the Night" and "I'll Be Seeing You"

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Sammy Fain was born as Samuel Feinberg in New York City on June 17,1902. His family soon moved to Sullivan County in New York State, where his father was a cantor. While still in school, Fain taught himself to play the piano and began composing popular songs. He sent some of these to publishers, but all were rejected. After completing high school, Fain returned to New York City to continue to pursue songwriting.

His first job was as a stockroom boy for Mills Music Publishing and one day his boss caught Fain playing some of his own songs in the audition room. His boss gave him a job as a song plugger, at which he became adept and later worked for several different publishers in the same capacity. During that period, he met singer Artie Dunn, and they formed a singing team that was popular in vaudeville and on radio.

Fain continued to compose songs, and in 1925 he had one published for the first time. The title was "Nobody Knows What a Red-Headed Mama Can Do," with lyrics by Irving Mills and Al Dubin. Around that time, Fain met lyricist Irving Kahal, with whom he worked until Kahal's death in 1942. Their first song, on which Francis Wheeler also collaborated on the words, was "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" in 1927. Other early songs by Fain and Kahal were "I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain" and "Wedding Bells are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine." In 1930, Paramount Pictures signed them to write a song for the Maurice Chevalier movie The Big…

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WEDDING BELLS ARE BREAKING UP THAT OLD GANG OF MINE Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, William Raskin
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