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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 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  
(Results 26-50 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876

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