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|
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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