Seymour Rechtzeit

Seymour Rexite (January 18, 1908 – October 14, 2002), originally Rechtzeit, was an actor and singer of the Yiddish theater, film and radio in the United States, and for some time president of the Hebrew Actors' Union.

Born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, and a child prodigy, Rexite emigrated to the United States in 1920, along with the hipecantor, and his older brother Jack Rechtzeit, an actor and songwriter. The then-immigration quotas prevented Seymour's mother and other siblings from emigrating from Poland, so Seymour sang a song, which his brother Jack had composed, before President Calvin Coolidge which so moved the President that he granted the entry visas.

Rexite performed Yiddish translations of pop music standards as well as songs written in his native language. He starred in a musical featuring Yiddish music at a theatre on Second Avenue in the Yiddish Theater District opposite the famous soprano Isa Kremer which was entitled The Song of the Ghetto. He married Miriam Kressyn, another star of the Yiddish stage, in 1943. Kressyn died at age 86 in 1996; they had no children. Rexite died in 2002 in New York City. The couple is buried under the family name Rechtzeit in Block 67 of Mount Hebron Cemetery. This section is reserved for those who were part of New York Yiddish theater and is maintained by the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance. In 1924, he had enough money to bring the rest of his family but he couldn't.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 18, 1908 (Piotrków Trybunalski), Died October 14, 2002 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Notes: Name also spelled on disc labels as Seymor Rechtzeit.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-34 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-068426 10-in. 11/26/1941 Yingele, nicht vein Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-068427 10-in. 11/26/1941 Freilich sol sein Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-068428 10-in. 11/26/1941 Philomar Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-073718 10-in. 3/19/1942 Nit gedaiget Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-073719 10-in. 3/19/1942 Meidele Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-073720 10-in. 3/19/1942 Bist main kroin Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-073721 10-in. 3/19/1942 Dem rebin's nigun Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W105973 10-in. approximately October 1925 Der Yidisher shtern (דער אידישער שטערן) Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W106044 10-in. approximately November 1925 A briv fun a Khosid tsum rebn (אַ בריעף פון אַ חסיד צום רבי׳ן) Seymour Rechtzeit Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 26-34 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rechtzeit, Seymour," accessed February 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116690.

Rechtzeit, Seymour. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116690.

"Rechtzeit, Seymour." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 February 2023.

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