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 101-125 of 151 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-57059 10-in. 11/4/1929 Shpielt klezmurimlach Betty Jacobs Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57060 10-in. 11/4/1929 Shwer zi zein a Yid Jacob Jacobs Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CSHQ-73021 12-in. 6/20/1932 Duna Eddie Leonard ; Eddie Leonard, Jr. Male vocal solo, with piano; with male vocal trio and piano songwriter  
Victor CSHQ-73059 12-in. 7/5/1932 Carme (Canto sorrentino) Eddie Leonard, Jr. Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017718 10-in. 12/15/1937 Bei mir bist du schon Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Victor BS-017739 10-in. 12/17/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Jerry Blaine ; Phyllis Kenny ; Stream Line Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-017754 10-in. 12/21/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Benny Goodman Quartet ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-017779 10-in. 12/28/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-017783 10-in. 12/29/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Benny Goodman Quartet ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor MBS-032315 10-in. before November 1939 Eres encantadora Conjunto Dupont Instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-041911 10-in. 8/24/1939 Nor dee Bagelman Sisters Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-041948 10-in. 8/31/1939 Farges mich nit Molly Picon Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-041953 10-in. 8/31/1939 Oy sis git Molly Picon Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-047952 10-in. 3/14/1940 Belz Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet lyricist  
Victor BS-047953 10-in. 3/14/1940 Zlatapol Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet lyricist  
Victor BS-051457 10-in. 6/20/1940 Der alter zigeuner Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Bagelman Sisters ; Seymour Rechtzeit Female vocal duet and male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-062896 10-in. 3/26/1941 Sug es mir nochamol Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Bagelman Sisters Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-062897 10-in. 3/26/1941 Sug farvus Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Bagelman Sisters Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-065923 10-in. 6/5/1941 Hopkele Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-065924 10-in. 6/5/1941 Unser yidish folk Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-065927 10-in. 6/5/1941 A freilich land Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-065928 10-in. 6/5/1941 Di, di zun, un di shteren Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-065929 10-in. 6/5/1941 Yidishkeit Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-073718 10-in. 3/19/1942 Nit gedaiget Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-073719 10-in. 3/19/1942 Meidele Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
(Results 101-125 of 151 records)

Citation

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

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