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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 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  
(Results 201-225 of 376 records)

Citation

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

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