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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 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  
(Results 126-150 of 376 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104876

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