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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 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  
(Results 351-375 of 376 records)

Citation

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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