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for Film Music Releases 2013


The Sammy Film Music Awards (or The Sammys) are the longest-running awards chosen exclusively for film music recordings. They are listed on this site and certificates are sent to those chosen for these awards.

For the past quarter century, they have been chosen by Roger Hall, an ASCAP composer, author of the popular book,
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC (now in its 5th edition
), and Managing Editor of Film Music Review. Roger is also a member of the


IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association



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Words by Sammy Cahn

Help Support The Sammy Film Music Awards

Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute CD

26th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards

Previous Best Album Producers

Lifetime Achievement Awards



If you would like to list the Sammys and exchange links, write to:

The Sammy Awards


Words by Sammy Cahn

He certainly deserved the honor. Sammy received four Oscars for co-writing these songs:

  • "Three Coins in the Fountain" from THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN (1954) -- music by Jule Styne
  • "All the Way" from THE JOKER IS WILD (1957) -- music by James Van Heusen
  • "High Hopes" from A HOLE IN THE HEAD (1959) -- music by James Van Heusen
  • "Call Me Irresponsible" from PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION (1963) -- music by James Van Heusen

Sammy also received an Emmy for his lyrics to "Love and Marriage" from the television production of OUR TOWN in 1955.

All five songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, who was a longtime friend and admirer of Sammy's lyrics.

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Multimedia DVD:

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Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute


A CD recorded live in concert with a marvelous group of singers,
accompanied by a swinging jazz combo,
produced by the American Music Recordings Archive and American Classics

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Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute

The 26th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards

"What really makes the Sammy Awards worth checking out is the irregular addition of irreverent and praiseworthy categories."
-- Timothy Sexton (read the full story on the Yahoo Network)

16 February 2014

By Roger Hall

You probably know about the Oscars but have you heard of the Sammys?

The Sammy Film Music Awards have no connection to the Oscars, BAFTA, Golden Globes, or any other awards and are given in only one category -- film music.

They are based on the quality of film scores and songs on CDs.

These awards are named in honor of Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), who was Oscar-nominated more than any other songwriter – 26 times in all between 1942 and 1973.  

The first Sammys were chosen for best score and song of 1988 – the year of Sammy Cahn’s 75th birthday.  When notified, Sammy said he was “flattered and honored" to have these awards named after him.

For many years, I was a guest on the popular radio program, "Music America," in Boston, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa. Some of these radio shows are included on the special CD: Oscar Meets Sammy - Film Music Awards On Radio.

The current awards are based on CDs released in 2013.

Categories for the 26th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards:



Special Merit

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"Alone Yet Not Alone"
Music by Bruce Broughton
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel

There is considerable controversy over this song
which was Oscar-nominated then unjustly disqualified.
Since there was no CD for the song released in 2013
it is not eligible for a Sammy Award.

But I have chosen it for a Special Merit designation for its
meaningful lyrics and appealing music and also is beautifully sung.
I believe it is better than any of the four Oscar-nominated songs.

YouTube of the song performed by Joni Eareckson Tada





26th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards for 2013



Best New Film Score



Music by Mark McKenzie
Robert Townson and Rick Eldridge, Album Producers
Varese Sarabande CD

YouTube Music Suite by Mark McKenzie


Honorable Mention: PHILOMENA - music by Alexandre Desplat (Decca)


Best New Film Song



"One Life"
Music and Lyrics by Kelly Morrison
Varese Sarabande CD
Robert Townson and Rick Eldridge, Executive Producers

YouTube of the song performed by Tamela Mann
arranged by Myron Butler




Best Golden Age CD Release
(1930s - 1950s)

Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Niel S. Bulk, Album Producer
M.V. Gerhard and Matt Verboys, Executive Producers
La-La Land Records

YouTube - Opening film credits with
title song sung by Frankie Laine



Best Silver Age CD Release
(1960s - 1970s)

Music by Henry Mancini
Douglass Fake, Album Producer
Intrada CD

YouTube with "Moon River" sung by Audrey Hepburn
(Henry Mancini's favorite version of this classic movie song)

Honorable Mention: DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES - Henry Mancini (Intrada)



Best Newly Recorded
Vintage Film Scores
(tie - 2 soundtracks)


QBVII (TV special, 1974)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
James Fitzpatrick, Album Producer
Luc Van de Ven, Executive Producer
Prometheus 2 CDs (World Premiere of the Complete Score)

YouTube excerpt from QBVII -
performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus,
conducted by Nic Raine


James Fitzpatrick, Album Producer
Luc Van de Ven, Executive Producer
Prometheus CD (World Premiere of the Complete Score)

YouTube of the Suite by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus,
Nic Raine, Conductor

Interview with Album Producer, James Fitzpatrick


Best Compilation Release

FALLEN ANGEL (David Raksin)/ WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (Cyril Mockridge)/
LAURA (David Raksin)/ DAISY KENYON (David Raksin)/
WHIRLPOOL (David Raksin)
Bruce Kimmel and Nick Redman, Album Prodcuers
Kritzerland 2 CDs






Special Preservation Award:
Best Album Producer

Bruce Kimmel - Kritzerland CDs


This multi-talented producer has been releasing many hard-to-find film soundtracks
and deserves to be congratulated for his preservation of these worthwhile recordings.

Here are a few Kritzerland soundtracks reviewed on Film Music Review:





ELMER GANTRY - Andre Previn (1960)









GOD'S LIITLE ACRE - Elmer Bernstein (1958)









TARAS BULBA - Franz Waxman (1962)


The current list of soundtracks is available at this link:

Kritzerland Records




Previous Special Preservation Sammys
For Best Album Producers



David Schecter and Kathleen Mayne (2013)


Nick Redman (2012)




Robert Townson (2011)






John Morgan, William Stromberg, Anna Bonn (2010)



James Fitzpatrick (2009)




Douglass Fake (2008)



Lukas Kendall (2007)



Sammy Lifetime Achievement Awards
For Past Composers and Songwriters


Since 1988, there have been 20 past American film composers/ arrangers and 6 songwriters and lyric writers named for this Lifetime Achievement Award, each of them have made significant accomplishments in film music.

The American film composers and arrangers are (in the order of their listing):

Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini, Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Miklos Rozsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, Victor Young, Hugo Friedhofer, Johnny Green, Bronislau Kaper, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Ken Darby, Aaron Copland, John Barry, David Raksin, Jerome Moross.

The songwriters and lyricists are (in order of their listing):

Sammy Cahn, Johnny Mercer, James Van Heusen, Harry Warren,
Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.



Jerome Moross (1913-1983)


David Raksin, 1912-2004


John Barry (1933-2011)



Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Article: Aaron Copland Talks About Film Music


Ken Darby (1909-1992)

"River Of No Return" - Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby


Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004)



Jay Livingston (1915-2001)
and Ray Evans (1915-2007)



Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)

Article: Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent One


Sammy Cahn, 1913-1993

"High Hopes" - Centennial Tribute



What are the Sammy Film Music Awards?

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For complete listings click on this link:

The Sammy Film Music Awards


If you have comments or questions, write to

The Sammy Film Music Awards





See also:

ASCAP Playback


The Sammys have been listed in previous years at these sites:

Cinema Retro

Elmer Bernstein - The Official Site

Film Score Monthly

Film Score Click Track (article by Jim Lochner)



John Williams Fan Network








Are you a fan of classic films?



If you enjoy music from older films, this DVD is highly recommended.
It is hosted with great candor by John Mauceri and includes music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, David Raksin, Max Steiner,
Dimitri Tiomkin, and Franz Waxman.

Click on this link to order:

Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound









Music from Hollywood

Also recommended is this CD from a 1963 television program,
with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and music
conducted by these film composers: Alfred Newman, David Raksin, Alex North,
Franz Waxman, Johnny Green, Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Miklos Rozsa.

Music From Hollywood







The Sammy Awards (1988-2012)

The Sammy Awards (Home page)






Philomena (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Best Film Music Releases of 2013


Best Film Music CDs of 2012




See what some fans have selected as their favorite movie songs and scores from the past:

Film Music Web Poll





Do you think all film critics think alike?

See Jim Lochner's extensive list of film music awards at his great site,

Film Score Click Track




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