Sam Coslow (December 27, 1902 – April 2, 1982) was an American songwriter, singer, film producer, publisher, and market analyst. Coslow was born in New York City. He began writing songs as a teenager. He contributed songs to Broadway revues, formed the music publishing company Spier and Coslow with Larry Spier and made a number of recordings as a performer.
With the explosion of film musicals in the late 1920s, Hollywood attracted a number of ambitious young songwriters, and Coslow joined them in 1929. Coslow and his partner Larry Spier sold their publishing business to Paramount Pictures and Coslow became a Paramount songwriter. One of his first assignments for the studio was the score for the 1930 film The Virtuous Sin. He formed a successful partnership with composer Arthur Johnston and together they provided the scores for a number of films including Bing Crosby vehicles.
Coslow became a film producer in the 1940s and won the Academy Award for Best Short Film for his production Heavenly Music in 1943. He was married to actress Esther Muir from 1934 to 1948, and they had a daughter Jacqueline Coslow, who also worked as an actress. In 1953 he married cabaret singer, Frances King, of Cafe Societie duo Noble & King. Sam and Frances remained married until his death in 1982. Together they have a daughter, Cara Coslow who gained notoriety as Head of Casting for Carsey Werner Productions and the Producer of the television series Dante's Cove. Cara is also an author of two books.
During the 1960s Coslow's work shifted from music and film to market analysis. During this time Coslow founded the publishing company Investor's Press, which published investing books and the newsletter "Indicator Digest." During the 1970s Coslow wrote two books, "Cocktails for Two" which focused on his musical career and "Super Yields" which focused on investing. He died in New York City.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 27th, 1902 (New York City), Died April 2nd, 1982 (New York City;Bronxville)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 2028
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer, songwriter, tenor vocal, speaker
Notes: Credited in Victor ledgers as "The Broadway minstrel."
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 382 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-26547||10-in.||6/19/1922||Deedle deedle dum||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-27522||10-in.||1/30/1923||Wanita (Wanna eat? Wanna eat?)||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-29537||10-in.||2/21/1924||Not yet, Suzette!||Brooke Johns Orchestra ; Brooke Johns||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||B-30573||10-in.||8/13/1924||Dumb Dora||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-31157||12-in.||11/10/1924||In sweet onion time||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-31738||10-in.||1/20/1925||I ain't got nobody to love||Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34398||10-in.||2/5/1926||When autumn leaves are falling||Whispering Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34697||10-in.||3/11/1926||When autumn leaves are falling||Charles Dornberger Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35701||10-in.||6/18/1926||I'm just wild about animal crackers||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-35712||10-in.||6/23/1926||I'm just wild about animal crackers||Irving Aaronson ; Commanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-36143||10-in.||8/31/1926||She's still my baby||Gus C. Edwards Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36432||10-in.||9/29/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Charles J. Correll ; Freeman F. Gosden||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36651||10-in.||10/21/1926||She's still my baby||Four Aristocrats||Male vocal quartet, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36883||10-in.||10/29/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37429||10-in.||1/31/1927||Hello! Swanee, hello!||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38139||10-in.||3/4/1927||Nay! Nay! Neighbor||Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-38180||10-in.||3/17/1927||Does she love me?||Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-38376||10-in.||4/28/1927||One summer night||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38752||10-in.||5/16/1927||Positively, absolutely||Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-39303||10-in.||6/14/1927||Levine (Mit mein flying machine)||Charles Cohan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41171||10-in.||12/13/1927||I don't belive you||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41295||10-in.||1/4/1928||Lonely melody||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43111||10-in.||2/24/1928||Was it a dream?||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43989||10-in.||5/16/1928||Was it a dream?||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-45401||10-in.||5/20/1928||Was it a dream?||Jesse Crawford||Pipe organ solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coslow, Sam," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.
Coslow, Sam. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.
"Coslow, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.
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