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 26-50 of 139 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-25423||10-in.||6/3/1921||Mendel Kolboinik receives a letter from America||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Comic dialogue||author|
|Victor||B-25424||10-in.||6/3/1921||Chana Pesel biam telefone||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Comic dialogue||author|
|Victor||B-25425||10-in.||6/3/1921||De karger chusin un kalle||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Comic dialogue||author|
|Victor||B-25435||10-in.||6/10/1921||Latest improvements||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25436||10-in.||6/10/1921||Fin anfang gait is shwerlich||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-26256||10-in.||3/17/1922||Eil rachem||S. Birnzweig ; William Robyn||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26257||10-in.||3/17/1922||Der siderel||S. Birnzweig||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26281||10-in.||3/29/1922||Yente Telebende chapt a schwim||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Comic dialogue, with traps||author|
|Victor||B-26975||10-in.||10/19/1922||Die griene Lena||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-27100||10-in.||10/26/1922||Wie azoy laibt a keinik?||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra||vocalist, baritone vocal|
|Victor||B-27101||10-in.||10/26/1922||Der Galitzianer batchen||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal|
|Victor||B-27150||10-in.||11/14/1922||Yenta mit dame radio phone||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Dialogue, with traps||author|
|Victor||B-27271||10-in.||12/29/1922||A gris fun neuer Russland||William Robyn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27578||10-in.||2/27/1923||Dudky-brat||Michal Michalesko||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27781||10-in.||4/25/1923||Shemdriks kalle||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28144||10-in.||6/22/1923||Der lachendiker||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28237||10-in.||7/2/1923||An orem yosoimele||Anna Hoffman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28769||10-in.||10/24/1923||Nit bei motien||Jacob Jacobs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28771||10-in.||10/24/1923||Roumanaeish feferlach||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29399||10-in.||2/11/1924||'Sis a kurtzer vehg||Le'on Blanḳ||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29975||10-in.||5/7/1924||Blimelach zwei||Dmitri Dobkin ; Lucy Finkle||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30028||10-in.||4/28/1924||Blimelach zwei||Dmitri Dobkin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31353||10-in.||11/25/1924||Lost die zorgen of morgen||Shloimele Rothstein||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31464||10-in.||12/1/1924||Kavkaz||Shloimele Rothstein||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31934||10-in.||2/10/1925||Naches fun kinder||Le'on Blanḳ||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gilrod, Louis," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944.
Gilrod, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944.
"Gilrod, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.
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