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 76-100 of 376 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-75535||10-in.||3/17/1933||Moon song (That wasn't meant for me)||Frances Langford||Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76451||10-in.||6/14/1933||Moonstruck||Bert Lown Orchestra ; Ted Holt||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76452||10-in.||6/14/1933||Learn to croon||Bert Lown Orchestra ; Ted Holt||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76468||10-in.||6/15/1933||Learn to croon||Maurice Cross ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76471||10-in.||6/15/1933||Moonstruck||Maurice Cross ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76674||10-in.||7/20/1933||Down the old ox road||Al Dary ; Peggy Healy ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77077||10-in.||10/25/1933||Buckin' the wind||Parker Gibbs ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-77202||10-in.||12/5/1933||I guess it had to be that way||Red Ingle ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-77679||10-in.||9/15/1933||Thanks||Hotel Montclair Orchestra ; Larry Murphy ; Bill Scotti||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-77680||10-in.||9/15/1933||The day you came along||Hotel Montclair Orchestra ; Tom Low ; Bill Scotti||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-78068||10-in.||10/3/1933||The day you came along||Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-78069||10-in.||10/3/1933||Thanks||Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-78091||10-in.||10/5/1933||The day you came along||Conrad Thibault||Baritone vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79155||10-in.||4/12/1934||Ebony rhapsody||Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79156||10-in.||4/12/1934||Cocktails for two||Duke Ellington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79157||10-in.||4/12/1934||Live and love tonight||Duke Ellington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79169||10-in.||4/17/1934||I met my Waterloo||Duke Ellington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79181||10-in.||4/23/1934||My old flame||Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Mae West||Dubbed recording from film : Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79211||10-in.||5/9/1934||Troubled waters||Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79212||10-in.||5/9/1934||My old flame||Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79379||10-in.||9/25/1934||Lime House nights||Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-79556||10-in.||1/17/1935||When my prince charming comes along||Marian Mansfield ; Raymond Paige Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-79557||10-in.||1/17/1935||A little white gardenia||Marian Mansfield ; Raymond Paige Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81032||10-in.||1/5/1934||This little piggie went to market||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81301||10-in.||1/24/1934||This little piggie went to market||Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins||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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