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 351-375 of 376 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E30412-E30413||10-in.||July 1929||The flippity flop||Meyer Davis' Hotel Astor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 107-b]||10-in.||approximately June 1927||One summer night||Ambrose Mayfair Orchestra ; Hamilton Sisters||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio||songwriter|
|Edison||8478||10-in.||6/5/1922||Deedle deedle dum||Broadway Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||8701||10-in.||10/13/1920||When you're near||Ernest L. Stevens Trio||Instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Edison||9388||10-in.||2/21/1924||Not yet, Suzette!||Merry Sparklers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||9649||10-in.||7/29/1924||Dumb Dora||Billy Jones||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||9870||10-in.||11/25/1924||To-morrow's another day||Helen Clark ; Jack Stillman Orchestra ; Joseph A. Phillips||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Edison||11195||10-in.||9/14/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Frank Braidwood||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||11213||10-in.||9/22/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Harry Hart ; Oreste Queensland Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Edison||11323||10-in.||11/19/1926||Hello! Swanee—hello!||Arthur Fields ; Oreste Queensland Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Edison||11393||10-in.||12/22/1926||She's still my baby||Oreste Migliaccio||Piano solo||composer|
|Edison||11479||10-in.||1/28/1927||How'd ya like to meet me in the moonlight? (Aw, come on, let's go)||Jack Davis ; Harry Pollock Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Edison||11547||10-in.||3/1/1927||(Does she love me) Positively—absolutely||Vaughn De Leath ; Stuart Ross||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Edison||11653||10-in.||4/15/1927||One summer night||Palais D'Or Orchestra ; J. Donald Parker ; B. A. Rolfe||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Edison||18251||10-in.||2/21/1928||Was it a dream?||Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||18348||10-in.||3/29/1928||Was it a dream?||Frederick Kinsley||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Edison||N-989||10-in.||6/28/1929||The flippity flop||Lucky Strike Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Edison||N-990||10-in.||6/28/1929||True blue Lou||Lucky Strike Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Vocalion||E2458-E2460||10-in.||2/17/1926||When autumn leaves are falling||The Ambassadors||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Vocalion||E3253-E3255||10-in.||6/17/1926||I’m just wild about animal crackers||The Bostonians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Vocalion||E3295-E3297||10-in.||6/25/1926||Let’s call it a day||Chick Endor||Male vocal solo, with 2 violins and piano||lyricist|
|Vocalion||E3557-E3559||10-in.||7/26/1926||I never cried before I met you||Essex Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Vocalion||E3676-E3677||10-in.||9/4/1926||She’s still my baby||Jay’s Chelsea Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Vocalion||E3868-E3869||10-in.||9/29/1926||She’s still my baby||Jay’s Chelsea Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal trio||composer|
|Vocalion||E4231-E4232||10-in.||12/14/1926||Hello! Swanee, hello!||Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||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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