Louis Gilrod

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 51-75 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-31935 10-in. 2/10/1925 Der chasina tanz Le'on Blanḳ Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-32193 10-in. 3/31/1925 Samut und zeid Joseph Feldman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-32211 10-in. 3/17/1925 Nehm sich zeit Bessie Weismann Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-32212 10-in. 3/17/1925 Dus wus di sehst, ken glicken hob ich der nit zigesught Bessie Weismann Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-32493 10-in. 5/1/1925 Als far gelt Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-32783 10-in. 7/20/1925 A Galitzianer meeting Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied author  
Victor BVE-32784 10-in. 7/20/1925 Keiser Willhelm in America Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied author  
Victor BVE-32785 10-in. 7/20/1925 Moishe Kapoir vert a yusim Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied author  
Victor BVE-32786 10-in. 7/20/1925 Mendel hot acase Gus Goldstein ; Jacob Jacobs Comic dialogue, unaccompanied author  
Victor B-32907 10-in. 6/17/1925 Alles klept sich zu mir Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-33471 10-in. 10/15/1925 Git mir die maidlach fun amol Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-33473 10-in. 10/15/1925 Lechaim breeder! Le'on Blanḳ Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-33474 10-in. 10/15/1925 Gott shik a refueh der mamen Le'on Blanḳ ; Fanny Lubritsky Female-male vocal duet, with violin, cello, and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-33958 10-in. 12/2/1925 Yes sir sie is mein kale Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra translator  
Victor BVE-33968 10-in. 12/4/1925 Ibergemacht Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-34379 10-in. 1/29/1926 Girls, I love you just the same Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-35391 10-in. 5/11/1926 Ne platsch mama Solomon Stramer Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-35392 10-in. 5/11/1926 In Odess Charles Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-35760 10-in. 7/12/1926 Die Amerikaner sukas Charles Cohan and Company Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-35761 10-in. 7/12/1926 Die Amerikaner sukas Charles Cohan and Company Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-35904 10-in. 7/8/1926 Yukel mit sein yukeleile Bessie Weismann Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-35905 10-in. 7/8/1926 Oi, gevald, ve derlebt men dus Bessie Weismann Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1918-10-19-05] Not documented 10/19/1918 The schadchen Louis Gilrod Recitation speaker  
Columbia 3086 10-in. ca. 1905 Gott un sein mishpet is gerecht Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3086 7-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1905 Gott un sein mishpet is gerecht Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
(Results 51-75 of 139 records)

Citation

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.

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