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|
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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