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Jacob Jacobs

Jacob Jacobs (born Yakov Yakubovitsh) (1890–1977), Yiddish theater and vaudeville director, producer, lyricist, songwriter, coupletist, character actor, comic born in Risk, Hungary. In 1904 the family emigrated to the United States and Jacobs worked in a soda factory, later in a sheet-metal factory, and then learned tailoring.

In 1907 he joined the chorus in a vaudeville theater and he sang couplets on Sundays, when vaudeville plays could not be presented. The following year he was hired as a vaudeville actor. In 1911 he was in his first play, Leon Kobrin's Yankel Boyla at the Odeon theater. In 1912 he became director of the Lyric Theater in Bronsville, and then a partner with Nathan Goldberg in the Lennox Theater in Harlem.

From 1926 to 1930 he was co-director of the National Theater, and subsequently the Prospect Theater in the Bronx. He wrote the music to his own couplets. He married Rebecca Treitler (Betty), daughter of the Yiddish theater director.

In 1932 he collaborated with composer Sholom Secunda on a Yiddish musical comedy, I Would If I Could. Although the show was not a great success, it did produce a song that become a #1 hit, Bei Mir Bistu Shein.

He wrote, composed and directed the Broadway show, "The President's Daughter" in 1970.

He is buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery, in the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance area: Block 67, ref. 1, section A-D, Line 16, Grave 5.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1890

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1961

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, lyricist, speaker, author, songwriter, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-19257 10-in. 3/8/1917 Chinka pinka Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19258 10-in. 3/8/1917 Litvak and Galicianer Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19259 10-in. 3/8/1917 Madlich Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19719 10-in. 4/27/1917 Mine wife Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19720 10-in. 4/27/1917 Shachna and Yachna Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20106 10-in. 6/12/1917 Fifty-fifty Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20107 10-in. 6/12/1917 Die motnia Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20134 10-in. 6/19/1917 Moisha Kapoir Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20146 10-in. 6/21/1917 Hello New York Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20147 10-in. 6/21/1917 A gris fin America Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20148 10-in. 6/21/1917 Yenta gait zech regestin Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20149 10-in. 6/21/1917 Moisha Kapoir muft Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20940 10-in. 11/1/1917 Gam se l' toiwo Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20941 10-in. 11/1/1917 Men shokelt sich Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20942 10-in. 11/1/1917 A gett Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20975 10-in. 11/13/1917 Ales bam fetter Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21110 10-in. 11/22/1917 I should worry Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21111 10-in. 11/22/1917 Hot nit chosena Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21127 10-in. 11/30/1917 Gimpel bainish Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21589 10-in. 3/19/1918 Chad gadyo Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21594 10-in. 3/21/1918 The gambler Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21861 10-in. 5/17/1918 Milchuma zivishen litta in Galitzia Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-21862 10-in. 5/17/1918 Goodbye Kaiser Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-22049 10-in. 6/27/1918 Die Polisha chosena Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-22050 10-in. 6/27/1918 Dame rabbins nisem Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 136 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jacobs, Jacob," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058.

Jacobs, Jacob. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058.

"Jacobs, Jacob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058

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