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 (Results 51-75 of 151 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-24216 12-in. 6/30/1920 A child is the world Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24289 10-in. 9/21/1920 Ich ver a chusen Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24290 10-in. 9/21/1920 Messiach kimmt Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24551 10-in. 10/25/1920 Chanchi loift for mayor Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24552 10-in. 10/25/1920 Alle weiber maigen shtimmen Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25422 10-in. 6/3/1921 Yenta lernt die migilla Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker  
Victor B-25423 10-in. 6/3/1921 Mendel Kolboinik receives a letter from America Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker  
Victor B-25424 10-in. 6/3/1921 Chana Pesel biam telefone Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker  
Victor B-25425 10-in. 6/3/1921 De karger chusin un kalle Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker  
Victor B-25495 10-in. 9/10/1921 Sis nit dos Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25496 10-in. 9/10/1921 Folk lieder Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25855 10-in. 12/8/1921 Spiel mir a kozatshok! Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25856 10-in. 12/8/1921 Wen mir welen weren reich Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25857 10-in. 12/8/1921 Ich an dir un dir an mir Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-26262 10-in. 3/21/1922 Yente Telebende Anna Hoffman Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-26277 10-in. 3/28/1922 Chana Pesel furht in an automobile Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue speaker, author  
Victor B-26281 10-in. 3/29/1922 Yente Telebende chapt a schwim Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, with traps speaker  
Victor B-26675 10-in. 7/7/1922 Ich bin a border by mein veib Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27150 10-in. 11/14/1922 Yenta mit dame radio phone Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue, with traps speaker  
Victor B-27151 10-in. 11/14/1922 Lemel un seine szex vaiber Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue, unaccompanied speaker, author  
Victor B-27152 10-in. 11/14/1922 Yiddish laughing novelty Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor B-27206 10-in. 12/4/1922 Schatushka Jacob Jacobs ; Bessie Weismann Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27226 10-in. 12/13/1922 Yente fin yener velt Betty Jacobs ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue, unaccompanied author, speaker  
Victor B-27697 10-in. 4/3/1923 Der greener Yankee Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27698 10-in. 4/3/1923 A mother you must obey Anna Hoffman Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 51-75 of 151 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jacobs, Jacob," accessed February 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058.

Jacobs, Jacob. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107058.

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