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|
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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