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 10, 1879 (Ukraine), Died March 12, 1930

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, speaker, author, baritone vocal, translator

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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 154 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E2742-E2744 10-in. 4/13/1926 Sorg nit, Mama Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E2745-E2747 10-in. 4/13/1926 Hop-tshey ze gezint Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E3259-E3261 10-in. 6/23/1926 In Odess Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E3262-E3264 10-in. 6/23/1926 Odesser hora Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E3265-E3267 10-in. 6/23/1926 Yukel mit sein ukulele Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E3680-E3681 10-in. 9/7/1926 Mein ziser malochel Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E3682-E3683 10-in. 9/7/1926 Syomka, der soldat Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E4030-E4030½ 10-in. 11/3/1926 Yiddish Yiddish Yiddish Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E4031-E4032 10-in. 11/3/1926 Syomka wert a chusen Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E4266-E4267 10-in. 12/21/1926 Weit fun der heim Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E4268-E4269 10-in. 12/21/1926 Far dir, Lube mein Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E4537-E4539 10-in. 2/8/1927 ZireleMirele Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E4804-E4806 10-in. 4/12/1927 Oo la la Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E4808-E4809 10-in. 4/12/1927 Laeika fun Lakewood Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E6487-E6488 10-in. 9/19/1927 Gewalt! wie ken dus sein Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E1873-E1875; E1879 10-in. 12/2/1925 Models fin libe Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick 318W-320W 10-in. 2/3/1925 Naches fun kinder Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 321W-323W 10-in. 2/3/1925 Oi gewald vei derlebt men dus Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Brunswick 435W-437W 10-in. 2/25/1925 A frehlichs zu der chasene Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo and mixed vocal sextet, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick 440W-442W 10-in. 2/25/1925 Take your time Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 742W-744W 10-in. 4/21/1925 Die nur die alien Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 745W-747W 10-in. 4/21/1925 A heim in Palestina Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 764W-756W 10-in. 4/29/1925 Lecheim Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 767W-769W 10-in. 4/29/1925 As me seht mit trehren shmeidt men mit gesang Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 1504W-1507W 10-in. 10/16/1925 Die meidlach von amohl Aaron Lebedeff Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
(Results 126-150 of 154 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gilrod, Louis," accessed July 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944.

Gilrod, Louis. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112944.

"Gilrod, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 July 2024.

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