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 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|
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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