Before Styne attended Chicago Musical College, he had already attracted the attention of another teenager, Mike Todd, later a successful film producer, who commissioned him to write a song for a musical act he was creating. His first hit, “Sunday”, was written in 1926.
Styne established his own dance band, which got him noticed in Hollywood where he was championed by Frank Sinatra and began a collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn.
Cahn, during his teens, played the violin in pit bands of burlesque houses. He became friendly with fellow band-member pianist Saul Chaplin, and they began writing songs together. In 1935, they wrote “Rhythm is Our Business”, 1936, “Until The Real Thing Comes Along”, and in 1937 they adapted “Bei Mir Bist Du Shon” as their last song, parting ways when they went to Hollywood.
In 1942, Cahn would begin to write with Jules Styne. They would write songs together for 19 films between 1942 and 1951. Among their songs include:
- “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1942)
- “I’ll Walk Alone” (1944)
- “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week” (1944)
- “It’s The Same Old Dream (1947)
- “Night After Time” (1947)
- “It’s Magic” (1947)
- “Put ‘Em In A Box, Tie ‘Em With A Ribbon” (1947)