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 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  
(Results 126-139 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944

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