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 126-150 of 151 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Trial 1916-12-04-04]||Not documented||12/4/1916||Moin veil||Jacob Jacobs||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||44814||10-in.||approximately December 1916||Gimpel Beinish nuch der chassene||Jacob Jacobs ; C. Rosenthal||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||44815||10-in.||approximately December 1916||Gimpel Beinish hot chassene||Jacob Jacobs ; C. Rosenthal||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||58574||10-in.||approximately September 1917||Kolumbuses medine (קאָלאָמכּוס'עס מרינה)||Sam Kasten||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||CO42737||10-in.||approximately 1950||Unser mishpoche||Aaron Lebedeff ; Sholom Secunda||Male vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W107397||10-in.||December 1926||Ich hob dich lieb, fun "In gorten fun liebe"||Irving Grossman||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||W107398||10-in.||December 1926||A gute heim, fun "In gorten fun liebe"||Irving Grossman||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||W107672||10-in.||February 1927||Mein Mame's liedele, fun "In gorten fun liebe"||Irving Grossman||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E28510||10-in.||10/2/1928||Zolst nit fargessen||Bella Meisel ; Munia Sereboff||Female vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E29856||10-in.||May 1929||I like she||Alexander Olshanetsky's Orkester||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E4847-E4849||10-in.||4/22/1927||Veil is dein taten in git is dir Mamen||Gus Goldstein||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E4850-E4852||10-in.||4/22/1927||Ich vel shtendik gedeinken die oigen||Gus Goldstein||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E6481-E6482||10-in.||9/19/1927||A Yiddisch maidel darf a Yiddischer boy||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E6483-E6484||10-in.||9/19/1927||A gite woch fun der alter Heim||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E6485-E6486||10-in.||9/19/1927||A Yiddisch liedele||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E6769-E6770||10-in.||10/31/1927||I like she||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E6771-E6773||10-in.||10/31/1927||Petrograd||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E25911-E25912||10-in.||1/9/1928||Ich bin verliebt||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E25913-E25914||10-in.||1/9/1928||Tioshket||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E25915-E25916||10-in.||1/9/1928||Goodbye New York||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E26006-E26007||10-in.||1/13/1928||Chaves techter||Max Wilner||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E26792-E26793||10-in.||3/5/1928||Familien glick||Morris Goldstein||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E26837-E26838||10-in.||3/6/1928||Der alte cheder||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Decca||111344||11/8/1961||Itsche||Cast of Bei mir bist du schoen||speaker|
|Decca||111345||11/8/1961||Social security||Cast of Bei mir bist du schoen||speaker|
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.
"Jacobs, Jacob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 February 2023.
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