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 101-125 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-70596 10-in. Apr. 1922 A mitting bei die chevry ansheh dales Louis Gilrod ; Gus Goldstein ; Boris Rosenthal Comic scene speaker, author  
OKeh S-70597 Not documented Apr. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Gilrod ; Boris Rosenthal Comic dialogue speaker  
OKeh S-70598 Not documented Apr. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Gilrod ; Boris Rosenthal Comic dialogue speaker  
OKeh S-71119 10-in. Dec. 1922 Shuster, halt sich bei dein Dratve Morris Goldstein Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-71493 10-in. May 1923 Der shadchun mit die kales Gus Goldstein and Company Comic scene lyricist  
Edison 9460 10-in. 4/10/1924 Es geiht vie geshmirt Morris Goldstein Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Zonophone Z-280 10-in. 5/11/1911 Das siderel Simon Paskal Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E1876 10-in. 12/2/1925 Meidlach, I love you just the same Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E1819-E1821 10-in. 11/25/1925 Iber gemacht Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E1822-E1824 10-in. 11/25/1925 Dort vie Libe dort is glik Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E1825-E1827 10-in. 11/25/1925 Die meidlach von a mohl Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E2395-E2397 10-in. 2/8/1926 Just one girl Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E2445-E2446 10-in. 2/15/1926 Mehdele shehns, mehdele feins Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E2742-E2744 10-in. 4/13/1926 Sorg nit, Mama Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E2745-E2747 10-in. 4/13/1926 Hop-tshey ze gezint Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E3259-E3261 10-in. 6/23/1926 In Odess Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E3262-E3264 10-in. 6/23/1926 Odesser hora Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E3265-E3267 10-in. 6/23/1926 Yukel mit sein ukulele Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Vocalion E3680-E3681 10-in. 9/7/1926 Mein ziser malochel Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E3682-E3683 10-in. 9/7/1926 Syomka, der soldat Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E4030-E4030½ 10-in. 11/3/1926 Yiddish Yiddish Yiddish Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E4031-E4032 10-in. 11/3/1926 Syomka wert a chusen Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Vocalion E4266-E4267 10-in. 12/21/1926 Weit fun der heim Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E4268-E4269 10-in. 12/21/1926 Far dir, Lube mein Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E4537-E4539 10-in. 2/8/1927 ZireleMirele Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 101-125 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.

"Gilrod, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.

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