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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 151-175 of 376 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-021023 10-in. 2/24/1938 Romance in the dark Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023547 10-in. 6/8/1938 Beside a moonlit stream Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-023751 10-in. 6/29/1938 Down the old ox road Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor PBS-026254 10-in. 11/14/1938 Kind'a lonesome Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-026255 10-in. 11/14/1938 An old curiosity shop Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-027203 10-in. 9/19/1938 Have you forgotten so soon? Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Charles Wilson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-027211 10-in. 9/22/1938 Have you forgotten so soon? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-027430 10-in. 9/29/1938 Have you forgotten so soon? Les Brown Orchestra ; Miriam Shaw Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-028177 10-in. 10/31/1938 Cocktails for two Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-028998 10-in. 11/23/1938 Kind'a lonesome Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-030383 10-in. 12/10/1938 Kinda lonesome Maxine Sullivan Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-030780 10-in. 12/30/1938 An old curiosity shop Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-032962 10-in. 3/12/1939 I'm in love with the Honorable Mr. So and So Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-032973 10-in. 3/13/1939 At a little hot dog stand Three Reasons ; Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-033730 10-in. 2/16/1939 A new moon and an old serenade Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-033778 10-in. 2/28/1939 At a little hot dog stand Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Charles Wilson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-033905 10-in. 2/24/1939 A new moon and an old serenade Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Judy Ellington Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-035742 10-in. 4/13/1939 I'm in love with the Honorable Mr. So and So Betty Bradley ; Gray Gordon ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor PBS-036057 10-in. 3/21/1939 I'm in love with the Honorable Mr. So and So Joan Crawford Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-037655 10-in. 6/16/1939 A table in a corner Three Reasons ; Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-037691 10-in. 6/26/1939 Ebony rhapsody Charlie Barnet Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-038411 10-in. 7/17/1939 The Hoiriger schottische Jimmy Brown ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor BS-041364 10-in. 9/28/1939 Tomorrow night Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-042623 10-in. 8/30/1939 Tomorrow night Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-042640 10-in. 9/5/1939 The beautiful buxom barmaid Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
(Results 151-175 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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