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Lou Costello

Louis Francis Cristillo (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959), professionally known as Lou Costello, was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act with straight man Bud Abbott and their comedy routine "Who's on First?"

The comedians, who teamed up in burlesque in 1936, were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. In 1942 they sold $85 million in war bonds in 35 days. By 1955 their popularity waned due to overexposure and their film and television contracts lapsed. The partnership ended soon afterwards.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 6th, 1906 (Paterson), Died March 3rd, 1959 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-061962 10-in. 12/8/1941 Laugh, laugh, laugh Bud Abbott ; Lou Bring ; Lou Costello ; Sportsmen Quartet Comic dialogue and male vocal quartet, with orchestra speaker, songwriter  
Victor PBS-061963 10-in. 12/8/1941 Laugh, laugh, laugh Bud Abbott ; Lou Bring ; Lou Costello ; Sportsmen Quartet Comic dialogue and male vocal quartet, with orchestra speaker, songwriter  
Decca DLA 2358 10-in. 1/6/1941 (Special test) Bud Abbott ; Lou Costello speaker  
Decca L 6693 3/27/1952 Jack and the beanstalk, part 1 Bud Abbott ; Lou Costello speaker  
Decca L 6694 3/27/1952 Jack and the beanstalk, part 2 Bud Abbott ; Lou Costello speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Costello, Lou," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101938.

Costello, Lou. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101938.

"Costello, Lou." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101938

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