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 126-150 of 376 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PB-97||10-in.||3/2/1925||I ain't got nobody to love||Glen Oswald Serenaders ; Glen Oswald||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-03083||10-in.||11/24/1936||Tea on the terrace||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-06674||10-in.||3/17/1937||Turn off the moon||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-06675||10-in.||3/17/1937||Jammin'||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-06851||10-in.||4/8/1937||Turn off the moon||Clarence Williams’ Washboard Band ; William Cooley||Washboard band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-06853||10-in.||4/8/1937||Jammin'||Clarence Williams’ Washboard Band ; William Cooley||Washboard band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-07898||10-in.||5/6/1937||If I put my heart in my song||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-09884||10-in.||12/16/1937||Every day's a holiday||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-010110||10-in.||5/3/1937||(Can't you hear that) Mountain music||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-010129||10-in.||5/6/1937||(Can't you hear that) Mountain music||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-010130||10-in.||5/6/1937||Good mornin'||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-011352||10-in.||7/20/1937||After you||Clambake Seven ; Sam Coslow ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-011605||10-in.||7/29/1937||After you||Helen Crawford ; Jesse Crawford Orchestra ; Bob Murray||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-013578||10-in.||9/21/1937||I'd love to play a love scene (Opposite you)||Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra||Jazz/dance band with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-013583||10-in.||9/21/1937||I want a new romance||Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Billy Leach||Jazz/dance band with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-014652||10-in.||10/7/1937||I'd love to play a love scene (Opposite you)||Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-014653||10-in.||10/7/1937||I want a new romance||Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-015530||10-in.||10/21/1937||True confession||Neil Buckley ; Sam Coslow ; Don Bestor Orchestra ; Frederick Hollander||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-015827||10-in.||11/4/1937||Thrill of a lifetime||Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Billy Leach||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-015839||10-in.||11/5/1937||True confession||Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017043||10-in.||11/12/1937||True confession||Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-017459||10-in.||12/3/1937||Every day's a holiday||Al Bowlly Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017730||10-in.||12/17/1937||Thrill of a lifetime||Stuart Allen ; Essex House Orchestra ; Richard Himber||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-019306||10-in.||6/1/1938||Beside a moonlit stream||Elmer Feldkamp ; Freddy Martin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-019837||10-in.||2/18/1938||Romance in the dark||Jerry Blaine ; Phyllis Kenny ; Stream Line Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coslow, Sam," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.
Coslow, Sam. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876.
"Coslow, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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