Music: Who Sings Shostakovich?

The little man shaped like a cigar stub played a few bars on the piano, trying out his tune on his new partner. Lyricist Sammy Cahn, who used to play fiddle in a burlesque house, grunted: "It seems to me I've heard that song before." Before Tunesmith Jule Styne could think of something nasty to reply, Sammy Cahn said hastily: "I mean it's a good title —I've Heard That Song Before." According to Messrs. Styne & Cahn, this is how the title to their first hit was born. Since then most of their major...

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