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 76-100 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 3087 10-in. ca. 1905-1908 Isrulik, kim a heim Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3087 7-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1905 Isrulik, kim a heim Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3089 7-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1905 Chasine huben Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3841 10-in. ca. 1908 Gott un sein mishpet is gerecht Goldin Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39411 10-in. 5/25/1914 Dos pintele Yid (דאס פּינטעלע יוד) Bennie Zeidman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39412 10-in. 5/25/1914 Noch a bisel Sam Silverbush Male vocal solo, with violin and piano lyricist  
Columbia 39413 10-in. 5/25/1914 A muters harts (א מוטער׳ס הארץ) Bennie Zeidman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39905 10-in. 4/7/1915 A her geh Louis Gilrod ; David Meyerowitz Male vocal duet, unaccompanied vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 45544 10-in. 4/8/1915 Die babe mit den dokter Louis Gilrod ; David Myerowitz Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 45545 10-in. 4/8/1915 Sindel und Gruidel gehn in der milchume Louis Gilrod ; David Myerowitz Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 45546 10-in. 4/8/1915 Berke und Schmerke mit den Daitsch Louis Gilrod ; David Myerowitz Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 45689 10-in. 5/25/1915 Chaikel aher gal Louis Gilrod ; Isidore Lillian Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 45690 10-in. 5/25/1915 Milchume Louis Gilrod ; Isidore Lillian Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 45691 10-in. 5/25/1915 Gimpl Beynish baym dokter (גימפּעל בייניש ביים דאָקטר) Louis Gilrod ; Isidore Lillian Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 45692 10-in. 5/25/1915 Der daytsh mit di khsidim (דער דייטש מיט דיא חסידים) Louis Gilrod ; Isidore Lillian Comic dialogue, unaccompanied speaker  
Columbia 44737 10-in. approximately November 1916 Dos bintl briv (דאָס בינטעל בריעף) Morris Goldstein Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 58083 10-in. approximately February 1917 Tate, mame tayere (טאַטע מאַמע טהייערע) Kalman Juvelier Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 58127 10-in. approximately 1917 Oy, iz dos a ṿaybele (אָי, איז דאָס אַ ווייבעלע) Rose Rubin ; William Ziegenlaub Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 58129 10-in. approximately 1917 Odem Harishonʼs ṿayb (אדם הראשון׳ס ווייב) Rose Rubin ; William Ziegenlaub Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 58302 10-in. approximately May 1917 Latest style (לייטעסט סטייל) Clara Gold Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 58578 10-in. approximately September 1917 Moyshe kapoyer (משה קאפויער) Joseph Feldman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 58834 10-in. approximately May 1918 Der protokol secreter Louis Gilrod Male vocal solo vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 58836 10-in. approximately May 1918 Zar Nicholay und Charlie Chaplin Louis Gilrod Male vocal solo vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh S-70508 10-in. Feb. 1922 Latest improvement Julius Nathanson Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70595 10-in. Apr. 1922 A brief zu die lendlors Louis Gilrod ; Gus Goldstein ; Boris Rosenthal Comic scene speaker  
(Results 76-100 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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