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Sam Coslow

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 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 350 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 Composer  
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 Composer  
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 Composer  
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 Composer  
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 Composer  
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 Composer  
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 Composer  
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 Composer  
Victor BVE-38180 10-in. 3/17/1927 Does she love me? Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra Composer  
Victor BVE-38376 10-in. 4/28/1927 One summer night Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Composer  
Victor BVE-38752 10-in. 5/16/1927 Positively, absolutely Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Composer  
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 Composer  
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  
(Results 1-25 of 350 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coslow, Sam," accessed September 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.

Coslow, Sam. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.

"Coslow, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876

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