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 226-250 of 376 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W146392||10-in.||6/4/1928||Was it a dream?||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Columbia||146432||10-in.||6/12/1928||Was it a dream?||Frank Ferera's Hawaiian Trio ; Annette Hanshaw||Instrumental trio, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W146494||10-in.||6/28/1928||When Erastus plays his old kazoo||Garden Dancing Palace Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W146510||10-in.||7/9/1928||Was it a dream?||Emil Velazco||Organ solo||composer|
|Columbia||146522||10-in.||7/11/1928||Heartbroken and lonely||The Harmonians ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W146608||10-in.||7/2/1928||'Cause I feel low-down||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||W146609||10-in.||7/2/1928||I still belong to you||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W146974||10-in.||9/10/1928||My window of dreams||Emil Velazco||Pipe organ solo, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||W147041||10-in.||10/4/1928||Heartbroken and lonely||Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||148480||10-in.||5/7/1929||(Sitting around) Thinking about my baby||Willie Creager Orchestra ; Marvin Young [Irving Kaufman]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||148481||10-in.||5/7/1929||Daddy won't you please come home||Willie Creager Orchestra ; Marvin Young [Irving Kaufman]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||W148557||10-in.||5/17/1929||You want lovin' (But I want love)||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W148585||10-in.||6/12/1929||True blue Lou||Milton Charles||Male vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]148648||10-in.||5/31/1929||Daddy, won't you please come home?||Annette Hanshaw ; The New Englanders||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||148652||10-in.||6/4/1929||True blue Lou||Tom Frawley ; Ted Bartell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W148671||10-in.||6/7/1929||True blue Lou||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W148672||10-in.||6/7/1929||Do I know what I'm doing?||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W148673||10-in.||6/7/1929||Shoo shoo bogie boo||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W148715||10-in.||6/19/1929||The flippity flop||Harry Reser's Syncopators ; Tom Stacks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||148778||10-in.||7/2/1929||The flippity flop||Tom Frawley ; Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||[W]148849||10-in.||7/24/1929||True blue Lou||Gay Ellis||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||148899||10-in.||8/20/1929||Shoo shoo boogie boo||Golden Gate Orchestra ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||148900||10-in.||8/20/1929||Do I know what I'm doing (While I'm in love)||Golden Gate Orchestra ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||148981||10-in.||9/6/1929||You want lovin' (But I want love)||Jim Andrews ; The Georgians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W149000||10-in.||9/13/1929||True blue Lou||Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coslow, Sam," accessed February 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.
Coslow, Sam. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.
"Coslow, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 February 2021.
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