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 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  
(Results 126-150 of 151 records)

Citation

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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