Orchestra Of The Jewish Theatre Bucharest – Yiddish Folksongs (2010)

FrontCover1Yiddish song is a general description of several genres of music sung in Yiddish which includes songs of Yiddish theatre, Klezmer songs, and “Yiddish art song” after the model of the German Lied and French mélodie.

From the fourteenth century secular songs were sung in Yiddish, though rabbis of the period directed that sacred songs were only to be sung in Hebrew.

One of the main genres of Yiddish folk song in Central and Eastern Europe is Klezmer, which was also exported to America and Israel, though Henry Sapoznik (2005) writes “Historically, Yiddish song and theater have had a higher visibility than klezmer music in Israel.” Generally 17th and 18th century songs and lullabies are anonymous, but the composers of others such as are known; such as Oyfn Pripetshik “On The Hearth” by Mark Warshawsky.

YiddishFolksongs01In Europe many of the songs of the Yiddish theatre companies were composed as incidental music to musical theatre, or at least plays with strong musical content, whereas others are “hit” individual arias and numbers culled from Yiddish operetta.[3] In America, aside from America’s own Yiddish theatres, songwriters and composers employed Yiddish folk and theatre songs, along with synagogue modes and melodies, as material for the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Irving Berlin was one of the popular composers to move from Yiddish song to English songs. Bei Mir Bistu Shein is an example of a Yiddish song which was later recast as an English hit. (wikipedia)


Unfortunately I have no information about this orchestra, but I know this is a really good album.

I have owned this album for several years and never get tired of listening to it. It points up the star quality of the Bucharest State Jewish Theater, which somehow prospered under the repressive Ceausescu regime in Romania. I am not sure if it still exists, but this wonderful and inexpensive disk preserves an excellent record of their virtuosity and talent. These are some of the most delightful Yiddish folk songs, sung in the Southern Yiddish dialect, and beautifully! I hope that this wonderful troupe still exists and performs in Romania! Zayt gezunt! (MBW)





01. A Nigndl 2.49
02. Gei Ich Mir Spazim 1.48
03. Leig Ich Mir Mein Kepale 3.05
04. Lamce Ram Ciam 1.35
05. Di Mame Is Gegangn 2.27
06. Inter A Klein Beimale 2.21
07. Di Warnicikes 2.24
08. Ein Mul Ti Ich Si Banalen 2.42
09. Lomir Singen Ciri Bim, Ciri Bom 2.43
10. Wus Dergeisti Mir Di Lurn 3.22
11. Oi Awram 1.16
12. Di Mame Kocht Warenikes 1.43
13. Mamenlu, Liubeniu 3.53
14. Mit A Nudl Un A Nudl 2.17
15. Asoj Wie-s Is Bitter 2.40
16. Bin Ich Mir A Schneiderl 1.25
17. Meheteineste Meine 2.29
18. Wus-Je Wilsti? 2.13



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Priscilla Coolidge – Gypsy Queen (1970)

FrontCover1Priscilla Coolidge (1941 – October 2, 2014) was an American recording artist and sister of singer Rita Coolidge.

Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennessee. Between 1969 and 1979, she was married to Booker T. Jones, who produced Coolidge’s first solo album, 1970’s Gypsy Queen. Then the pair collaborated as a duo on three albums: 1971’s Booker T. & Priscilla; 1972’s Home Grown; and 1973’s Chronicles, which included the song “Time”, written by her sister Rita, which was allegedly “borrowed” by drummer Jim Gordon (formerly of Eric Clapton’s band Derek and the Dominos and Rita’s former boyfriend) and became the famous instrumental piano coda at the end of “Layla”). Jones produced Priscilla’s final solo album, Flying, in 1979; their marriage ended that year.

Priscilla Coolidge01In 1981 Coolidge married TV journalist/broadcaster/reporter Ed Bradley. Her marriage to Bradley ended in divorce, and she later married Michael Seibert.

In 1997, Coolidge was one of the founding members of Walela, a Native American music trio, that also included Coolidge’s sister Rita, plus Priscilla’s daughter Laura Satterfield. The trio released studio albums in 1997 (Walela) and 2000 (Unbearable Love), a live album and DVD (Live in Concert) in 2004 and a compilation album (The Best of Walela) in 2007. Walela means hummingbird in Cherokee. Coolidge considered this group important not only in honoring her Cherokee ancestors, but also in bringing their culture to others.

Seibert and Coolidge were found dead in their home in Thousand Oaks, California. On October 2, 2014, in what the local police later described as a murder–suicide, after the couple were heard by neighbors in a heated argument. Seibert shot Priscilla in the head, and soon after killed himself. (wikipedia)

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And here is her debut album:

Truly flabbergasted at low this album is rated. This is a wonderful album, full of colorful instrumentation and soaring soulful vocals. I’m convinced that someday this will be re-visited and hailed as a “lost classic”. (Mr. Loser)

Nice country rockish album, in the same vein as sister Rita. Check out “Long River Flows”. The cover is a classic representation of the year 1970. (jimslim11)


Booker T. Jones exited Stax Records before it came to a complete crash and married singer Priscilla Coolidge, Rita’s sister, and the two hooked-up musically as well. Great things were expected from this project. Jones led his namesake, Booker T. & the MG’s, to some success at Stax. The four-pieces also served as the label’s most prominent house band, and, in addition, Jones shared co-writer credit on some great songs. Coolidge, like her sister, sang with an abundance of soul. Rita recorded for A&M, and the label had issued a solo album on Priscilla, which originally came out on Sussex Records. Few people will tell you this is a bad album, cause it’s not. The lovebirds are all over the place theme-wise — love, social problems, ethnic issues, and other twists and spins on a multitude of subjects. (by Andrew Hamilton)


Ray Brown (bass)
Priscilla Coolidge (vocals)
Herb Ellis (guitar)
Chris Ethridge (bass)
Jim Gordon (drums)
Joel Scott Hill (guitar)
Booker T. Jones (keyboards, harmonica)
Earl Palmer (drums)
Ray Stinnett (guitar)
Sam Watson (drums)
background vocals;
Rita Coolidge – Donna Weiss

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01. On The Road (Coolidge) 3.53
02. Let It Shine (Coolidge) 3.06
03. Gypsy King (Coolidge) 3.38
04. Come On Sweet (Coolidge) 2.59
05. Salty Haze (Coolidge) 2.59
06. T My T (Coolidge) 2.07
07. Good Morning Freedom (Cook/Greenaway/Hammond) 4.01
08. Now The Children Remind You (Weiss, Unobsky) 2.47
09. Long Rivers Flow (Ray Stinnett) 3.325
10.Spring Rain (Ray Stinnett) 2.32
11.Hummingbird (Leon Russell) 6.00