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 201-225 of 376 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||142367||10-in.||7/6/1926||I never cried before I met you||WMCA Broadcasters||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||142523||10-in.||8/11/1926||She's still my baby||Albert Campbell ; Jack Kaufman||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||142555||10-in.||8/21/1926||She's still my baby||Arthur Fields ; Manhattan Dance Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||142635||10-in.||9/17/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Broadway Bellhops ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142675||10-in.||9/22/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Kitty O'Connor||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142681||10-in.||9/23/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Lassie McCormick||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||142757||10-in.||10/8/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Jimmy Flynn||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142767||10-in.||9/27/1926||I never knew what the moonlight could do||Jackie Souders Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||142882||10-in.||10/28/1926||Hello! Swanee—hello!||Beth Challis||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142927||10-in.||11/10/1926||Hello! Swanee—hello!||Four Aristocrats||Male vocal quartet, with steel guitar, ukulele, and piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142928||10-in.||11/10/1926||She's still my baby||Four Aristocrats||Male vocal quartet, with steel guitar, ukulele, and piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142988||10-in.||12/4/1926||Hello! Swanee, hello!||Art Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Columbia||143138||10-in.||11/22/1926||Hello! Swanee, hello!||Night Club Orchestra ; Tom Stacks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W143709||10-in.||3/25/1927||(Does she love me?) Positively—absolutely||Aunt Jemima ; Mal Hallett Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||144005||10-in.||4/7/1927||(Does she love me?) Positively, absolutely||The Harmonians ; Jack Wilson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144043||10-in.||4/25/1927||One summer night||Frank Harris ; The Knickerbockers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||144156||10-in.||5/17/1927||I adore you||Arthur Hall ; Royal Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||145594||10-in.||1/30/1928||Some day you'll know||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||145595||10-in.||1/30/1928||I don't believe you||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W145637||10-in.||2/15/1928||Was it a dream?||Mull Downey ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||145730||10-in.||3/5/1928||Was it a dream?||Melody Waltz Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W145817||10-in.||3/20/1928||Chloe||Sam Coslow ; Tracy-Brown's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||W145818||10-in.||3/20/1928||Sh-h! Here comes my sugar||Sam Coslow ; Tracy-Brown's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||W145820||10-in.||3/20/1928||Joline||Tracy-Brown's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||W145915||10-in.||3/24/1928||Was it a dream?||Ed Lowry||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
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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