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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 101-125 of 376 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-81304 10-in. 1/24/1934 A day without you Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-82359 10-in. 4/27/1934 Fare-thee-well Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-82519 10-in. 5/14/1934 I met my Waterloo Ted Hanson ; Normandie Orchestra ; Helen Young Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-82520 10-in. 5/14/1934 My old flame Ted Hanson ; Normandie Orchestra ; Helen Young Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-82775 10-in. 4/3/1934 Live and love tonight Dave Harman Orchestra ; George Marks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-82779 10-in. 4/3/1934 Marahuana Dave Harman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-82792 10-in. 4/3/1934 Cocktails for two Gene Harvey ; Herman Waldman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-82808 10-in. 4/4/1934 Marahuana Emilio Cáceres ; Club Aguila Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-84973 10-in. 11/13/1934 A little angel told me so George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85009 10-in. 11/12/1934 In the middle of a kiss Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85265 10-in. 1/16/1935 Be careful young lady Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85266 10-in. 1/16/1935 A little white gardenia Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Norman Ruvell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-86264 10-in. 11/26/1934 A little angel told me so Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-87360 10-in. 1/12/1935 A little white gardenia Al Bowlly Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-87462 10-in. 1/29/1935 Cocktails para dos Marimba Pan-Americana Marimba band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-89502 10-in. 4/1/1935 Restless Four Towers Orchestra ; Ray Nichols Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-89541 10-in. 4/10/1935 Now I'm a lady Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Skeeter Palmer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-89568 10-in. 4/19/1935 Restless Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-89576 10-in. 4/22/1935 Now I'm a lady Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-89787 10-in. 5/13/1935 In the middle of a kiss Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Bob Stanley Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-95657 10-in. 10/23/1935 How do I rate with you Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-95658 10-in. 10/23/1935 You took my breath away Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-97883 10-in. 10/8/1936 Paradise in waltztime William Merrigan Daly ; Gladys Swarthout Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-98094 10-in. 11/20/1935 How do I rate with you? California Ramblers ; Joan Hope Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-98119 10-in. 11/15/1935 You took my breath away Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 101-125 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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