Louis Gilrod (1879-1930), was an actor and lyricist for the Yiddish theater.
Louis Gilrod was born in the village of Ruizana, near Ulanov, Podolia/Poltava region of the Ukraine. At 12 his father brought him to the United States and left him with an uncle in Newark, New Jersey who engaged him in the hairdressing business. He was, however, drawn to the stage; at 17 he founded a drama club and began to write lyrics. Actors started to notice him and brought him to New York where he became a professional lyricist. The Yehudah Katzenelenbogen Company (later absorbed into the Hebrew Publishing Company) and other music publishers paid him to write Yiddish parodies of currently popular American songs of Tin Pan Alley.
Two of his early successes were Got un zayn mishpet iz gerekht and Kum, Yisrolikl, aheym. He wrote the libretto to the operetta Dos pintele yud (The essential Jew) (New York, 1909), and for The Golden Bride in 1923. He also played small roles at the Thalia and Windsor Theatres and in vaudeville, for which he wrote one-acters. He worked regularly at the National, the Irving Place Theatre, the Lyric Theater in Brooklyn and in 1926 at the public theater. After that ill health forced him to retire from the stage. The last show for which he wrote lyrics was Dos freylekhe yesoymele of 1930.
His wife, Paula Weiss, played in Yiddish vaudeville.
He died in New York March 12, 1930.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 10th, 1879 (Ukraine), Died March 12th, 1930
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1927
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, speaker, author, baritone vocal, translator
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 139 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||A-1574||7-in.||7/8/1904||Isrulik, kim a heim!||Lizzie Goldfinger||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-1576||10-in.||7/8/1904||Gott und sein mishpot is gerecht||Goldin Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9084||10-in.||6/14/1910||Ich benk a heim||Frances Simonoff||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-9087||12-in.||6/14/1910||Das pintele Yid||Frances Simonoff||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9089||10-in.||6/14/1910||Die Toire||Frances Simonoff||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9129||10-in.||6/23/1910||Shtoist Zich On||Solomon Small||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13325||10-in.||5/19/1913||Eppess noch||Simon Paskal||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-15987||10-in.||5/4/1915||A mutters hertz||Jakov M. Medvedieff||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17401||10-in.||3/30/1916||Tate mame thyereh||Bella Finkle ; Abraham Rosenstein||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17717||10-in.||5/23/1916||Die zvei chasonem||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17718||10-in.||5/23/1916||Das fifte gebot||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17842||10-in.||6/15/1916||Die Toire||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17854||10-in.||6/15/1916||Yisrolik in sein Eigenland||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17953||10-in.||7/6/1916||Ladies first||Gus Goldstein ; Anna Hoffman||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18662||10-in.||11/8/1916||Eivig lebt der lud||Bennie Zeidman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-19295||10-in.||3/20/1917||Yakrys||Gus Goldstein||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20106||10-in.||6/12/1917||Fifty-fifty||Jacob Jacobs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20705||10-in.||9/26/1917||Columbuses meedeena||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20706||10-in.||9/26/1917||Somid in seid||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20707||10-in.||9/26/1917||Shpielendik||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20708||10-in.||9/26/1917||Un a man||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20940||10-in.||11/1/1917||Gam se l' toiwo||Jacob Jacobs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22479||10-in.||12/23/1918||The line is busy||William Schwartz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22480||10-in.||12/23/1918||A breif fin New York kein Paris||William Schwartz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25422||10-in.||6/3/1921||Yenta lernt die migilla||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Comic dialogue||author|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gilrod, Louis," accessed June 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944.
Gilrod, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944.
"Gilrod, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 June 2021.
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