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 26-50 of 376 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-46108||10-in.||6/21/1928||Someone had to steal you away||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46461||10-in.||9/20/1928||Just a night for meditation||Jesse Crawford||Pipe organ solo, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-46694||10-in.||8/14/1928||King for a day||Sam Coslow||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-46695||10-in.||8/14/1928||You're a real sweetheart||Sam Coslow||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-46926||10-in.||8/21/1928||Heartbroken and lonely||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47533||10-in.||9/19/1928||Some sweet someone||High Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47534||10-in.||9/19/1928||I wanna be loved by you||High Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47561||10-in.||9/25/1928||Sonny Boy||Sam Coslow||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47562||10-in.||9/25/1928||There's a rainbow 'round my shoulder||Sam Coslow||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-48499||10-in.||12/20/1928||The spell of the blues||Sam Coslow ; High Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-49668||10-in.||1/21/1929||A love tale of Alsace Lorraine||Sam Coslow||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-49669||10-in.||1/21/1929||Glad rag doll||Sam Coslow||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||BVE-53907||10-in.||7/5/1929||Daddy, won't you please come home||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Belle Mann||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53988||10-in.||8/15/1929||You want lovin' (But I want love)||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-53991||10-in.||8/15/1929||True blue Lou||Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54594||10-in.||2/9/1930||I don't need atmosphere (To fall in love)||Bob Borger ; George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54622||10-in.||2/23/1930||Sing, you sinners||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54881||10-in.||7/18/1930||Me rio del mundo||José Bohr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-55494||10-in.||7/24/1929||True blue Lou||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55509||10-in.||7/26/1929||The flippity flop||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-56133||10-in.||9/17/1929||True blue Lou||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57232||10-in.||12/6/1929||Sweepin' the clouds away||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Carleton A. Coon ; Joe Sanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57433||10-in.||11/20/1929||My pals||Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57446||10-in.||11/22/1929||Never say die||Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-57497||10-in.||11/29/1929||Music in the moonlight||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Carleton A. Coon||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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