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 126-139 of 139 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Vocalion||E4804-E4806||10-in.||4/12/1927||Oo la la||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Vocalion||E4808-E4809||10-in.||4/12/1927||Laeika fun Lakewood||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Vocalion||E6487-E6488||10-in.||9/19/1927||Gewalt! wie ken dus sein||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Vocalion||E1873-E1875; E1879||10-in.||12/2/1925||Models fin libe||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Vocalion||318W-320W||10-in.||2/3/1925||Naches fun kinder||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||321W-323W||10-in.||2/3/1925||Oi gewald vei derlebt men dus||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Vocalion||435W-437W||10-in.||2/25/1925||A frehlichs zu der chasene||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo and mixed vocal sextet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Vocalion||440W-442W||10-in.||2/25/1925||Take your time||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||742W-744W||10-in.||4/21/1925||Die nur die alien||Aaron Lebedeff||Male ocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||745W-747W||10-in.||4/21/1925||A heim in Palestina||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||764W-756W||10-in.||4/29/1925||Lecheim||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||767W-769W||10-in.||4/29/1925||As me seht mit trehren shmeidt men mit gesang||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||1504W-1507W||10-in.||10/16/1925||Die meidlach von amohl||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Vocalion||1508W-1510W||10-in.||10/16/1925||Ibergemacht||Aaron Lebedeff||Male vocal solo, with 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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