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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, Died 1977

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1961

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

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 151 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22051 10-in. 6/27/1918 Ven misheech vet kimen Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-22481 10-in. 1/20/1919 De lustika Yeddalich Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-22530 10-in. 1/20/1919 De Yiddishe leibe Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-22531 10-in. 1/20/1919 Up town and down town Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23033 10-in. 6/26/1919 Peerim Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23034 10-in. 6/26/1919 Fishel Duvid der milomid Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23035 10-in. 6/26/1919 Der chulim Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23036 10-in. 6/26/1919 Git is zi huben gelt Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23178 10-in. 9/30/1919 De suffragetky Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23179 10-in. 9/30/1919 Leib, leib Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23180 10-in. 9/30/1919 Zwei zeilen Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23265 10-in. 9/18/1919 Fish off Shabbis Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23266 10-in. 9/18/1919 Der Italiainer Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue vocalist, tenor vocal, author  
Victor B-23393 10-in. 12/23/1919 Kinder kint a heim Anna Hoffman Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23530 10-in. 12/15/1919 Ich ti alles vus mein mama hot geteen Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23531 10-in. 12/15/1919 Dus zvaite vab Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23532 10-in. 12/15/1919 You know what I mean Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23533 10-in. 12/15/1919 Borg mir dein vab Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23617 10-in. 1/7/1920 Chana Pesel bam doctor Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker, author  
Victor B-23618 10-in. 1/7/1920 Der Chusid un de Datchki Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker, author  
Victor B-23643 10-in. 1/19/1920 A gris fin der alte heim Anna Hoffman Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-23870 10-in. 3/26/1920 Der zadi in Amerika Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23871 10-in. 3/26/1920 De Yiddisha shimmy Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24099 10-in. 6/24/1920 War tax Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-24200 12-in. 6/24/1920 Noch amul Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 26-50 of 151 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jacobs, Jacob," accessed February 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058.

Jacobs, Jacob. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058.

"Jacobs, Jacob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 February 2023.

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

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