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|
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.
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