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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 176-200 of 376 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-042715 10-in. 9/21/1939 A table in the corner Terry Allen ; Larry Clinton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-042756 10-in. 9/28/1939 A table in a corner Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-045922 10-in. 1/12/1940 Last night's gardenias Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-046419 10-in. 1/12/1940 Adios, Americano Blue Barron ; Three Blue Notes Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-046459 10-in. 1/18/1940 Last night's gardenias Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer Jazz/dance band. with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-046486 10-in. 1/22/1940 Last night's gardenias Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-049687 10-in. 5/13/1940 Dreaming out loud Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-050619 10-in. 5/8/1940 You and who else? Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Larry Taylor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-053033 10-in. 5/31/1940 You and who else Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-053203 10-in. 7/15/1940 Dreaming out loud Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Edward Stone Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057658 10-in. 11/19/1940 Cocktails for two Benny Carter Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-071761 10-in. 2/2/1942 Cocktails for two Mark Warnow Orchestra ; Barry Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BE-Test-1052 10-in. 6/7/1933 Maybe I love you too much Etta Leblang Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-Test-1057 10-in. 8/23/1933 Learn to croon Bud Saunders Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-Test-1058 10-in. 8/23/1933 Moonstruck Bud Saunders Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1928-05-15-01] Not documented 5/15/1928 Chloe Sam Coslow Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 80364 10-in. 5/27/1922 Deedle deedle dum Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 80686 10-in. 11/23/1923 When you're near Guido Deiro Piano accordion solo songwriter  
Columbia 80762 10-in. 1/4/1923 Wanita Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 81015 10-in. 5/15/1923 Bebe Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 140202 10-in. 12/22/1924 I ain't got nobody to love Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 140229 10-in. 1/7/1925 Sweet onion time Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Male vocal duet, with ukulele and piano songwriter  
Columbia W141531 10-in. 1/20/1926 This one today and that one tomorrow Radio Franks Male vocal duet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 142240 10-in. 5/24/1926 I'm just wild about animal crackers Seven Wild Men ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W142280 10-in. 6/7/1926 I'm just wild about animal crackers! California Ramblers ; Frank Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 176-200 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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