Composer Saul Chaplin was active from the mid-'30s through the 1960s, writing many famous pop hits and film scores, often with collaborator and influential lyricist Sammy Cahn. Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1912, Chaplin attended NYU and played in dance bands. During the mid-'30s, Chaplin co-led a dance band with Sammy Cahn, and the two soon began songwriting together. He wrote for vaudeville and revues, and switched over to Hollywood in 1941, initially working as a composer/arranger, and later becoming a musical director and producer (for example, he produced the 1968 film Star). Some of his best-known songs are "Shoe Shine Boy," "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" (1936), "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen" (1937), "Please Be Kind" (1938), "The Anniversary Song" (1946), and "You Wonderful You" (1950). Chaplin wrote a number of important film scores including those for Cover Girl (1944), The Jolson Story (1946), An American in Paris (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and West Side Story (1961).
Saul Chaplin Biography
by Joslyn Layne