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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 (Results 76-100 of 151 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27699 10-in. 4/3/1923 Vio pherdalich Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27800 10-in. 4/3/1923 Der shodchin Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-28001 10-in. 5/11/1923 Meine veib is busy und bei mir is slack Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-28002 10-in. 5/11/1923 Das glick fliet durchin fenster Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-28236 10-in. 7/2/1923 Ich hub for dir a chusin Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with female vocalists and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-28327 10-in. 7/31/1923 Frauen nacht in a Terkishe bath Anna Hoffman ; Betty Jacobs Dialogue author  
Victor B-28328 10-in. 7/31/1923 Yenta bam dentist Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue author, speaker  
Victor B-28769 10-in. 10/24/1923 Nit bei motien Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-28771 10-in. 10/24/1923 Roumanaeish feferlach Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-30078 10-in. 5/15/1924 Der Galitzianer un Litvak Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor B-30084 10-in. 5/15/1924 Beim lawyer Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor B-30336 10-in. 6/30/1924 Yenta, nit der country Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue, unaccompanied author, speaker  
Victor B-30337 10-in. 6/30/1924 Cheim Chaikel Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs Dialogue, unaccompanied author, speaker  
Victor B-30454 10-in. 7/1/1924 Chanike licht Shloimele Rothstein Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-30489 10-in. 7/11/1924 Dus redele dreit zich Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-30490 10-in. 7/11/1924 Moonshine Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-32783 10-in. 7/20/1925 A Galitzianer meeting Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor BVE-32784 10-in. 7/20/1925 Keiser Willhelm in America Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor BVE-32785 10-in. 7/20/1925 Moishe Kapoir vert a yusim Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor BVE-32786 10-in. 7/20/1925 Mendel hot acase Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Victor BVE-35184 10-in. 6/9/1926 Es geht mir mit Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-35185 10-in. 6/9/1926 Mir felt a veib Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist  
Victor BVE-40263 10-in. 9/30/1927 A yiddish maidel darf a yiddish boy Solomon Stramer Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-40264 10-in. 9/30/1927 A gute woch in der alter heim Solomon Stramer Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-49174 10-in. 12/12/1928 In der alter heim Muni Serebroff Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
(Results 76-100 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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