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|
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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