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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 51-75 of 376 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-58106 10-in. 12/13/1929 If I were king Dennis King Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-58570 10-in. 2/13/1930 In my little hope chest High Hatters Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-58571 10-in. 2/13/1930 Sing, you sinners High Hatters ; Frank Luther Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-59649 10-in. 3/22/1930 Sweepin' the clouds away Maurice Chevalier Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor PBVE-61095 10-in. 7/6/1931 Just one more chance Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Donald Novis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor PBVE-61098 10-in. 7/19/1931 Red, red roses (And pale white moonlight) Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Dave Marshall Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-62217 10-in. 5/7/1930 Sing, you sinners The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor PCVE-68310 12-in. 9/2/1931 Just one more chance Bing Crosby Radio broadcast : Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor PBVE-68348 10-in. 3/28/1932 Music in the moonlight Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Jimmie Grier ; Donald Novis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PCVE-68379 12-in. 8/7/1932 Paramount-Publix record no. 2 for The big broadcast Bing Crosby ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and announcement speaker  
Victor PCVE-68381 12-in. 8/10/1932 Isn't it romantic Sam Coslow ; Nathaniel Finston ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBVE-68392 10-in. 9/28/1932 Please Sam Coslow ; Nathaniel Finston ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBVE-68393 10-in. 9/28/1932 Say it isn't so Sam Coslow ; Nathaniel Finston ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBVE-68394 10-in. 9/28/1932 Give her a kiss Sam Coslow ; Nathaniel Finston ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBVE-68395 10-in. 9/28/1932 Here lies love Sam Coslow ; Nathaniel Finston ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBS-68526 10-in. 8/9/1933 Lay your head on my shoulder, dear Sam Coslow ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBS-68527 10-in. 8/9/1933 If you ever come back Sam Coslow ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBS-68528 10-in. 8/9/1933 Learn to croon Sam Coslow ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist  
Victor PBS-68529 10-in. 8/9/1933 Moonstruck Sam Coslow ; Paramount Studio Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist  
Victor BRC-70289 10-in. 10/19/1931 You didn't know the music (I didn't know the words) Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BRC-70530 10-in. 9/23/1931 Just one more chance Chicago Hot Five ; Eddie Miles Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-70913 10-in. 10/28/1931 You didn't know the music Sylvia Froos Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor ESHQ-72877 8-in. 6/13/1932 Remember, cherie Gloria Palace Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-74734 10-in. 12/28/1932 Twenty million people Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-74735 10-in. 12/28/1932 Moon song Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 51-75 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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