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Jack Mayesh


Artist Title Label / Number

Mayesh, Jack

Anshe emuna avadu, en Ladino

Mayesh 1451

Mayesh, Jack

Chapkin, chapkin te quero

Mayesh 1511

Mayesh, Jack

Conti yevas mi esperanza

Mayesh 1469

Mayesh, Jack

De tus lavios corre miel

Me-Re 6002B

Mayesh, Jack

Detengo mis lagrimas

Mayesh 1479

Mayesh, Jack

El dia que te encontri

Mayesh 1482

Mayesh, Jack

Et shaare rasson

Mayesh 1474

Mayesh, Jack

Im afess, en Ladino

Mayesh 1452Mayesh 1453

Mayesh, Jack

Kol nidre

Mayesh 1473

Mayesh, Jack

Lemaanha heloay

Mayesh 1478

Mayesh, Jack

Lo saves bien

Mayesh 1510

Mayesh, Jack


Mayesh 1367

Mayesh, Jack

Mostrame gracioza

Me-Re 6003B

Mayesh, Jack

No seas capritchoza

Me-Re 6002A

Mayesh, Jack

Ojos dulces

Mayesh 1454

Mayesh, Jack

Onde que tope una que es plaziente

Mayesh 1439

Mayesh, Jack

Onde que tope una que es plaziente

Me-Re 6003A

Mayesh, Jack

Porque no me amates

Me-Re 6001B

Mayesh, Jack

Si era por enganiarme

Mayesh 1481

Mayesh, Jack

Siempre te ami

Mayesh 1470

Mayesh, Jack

Tu dezias siempre amarme

Mayesh 1480

Mayesh, Jack

Un soldado a su madre

Mayesh 1453

Mayesh, Jack

Va yaa vor

Mayesh 1477

Mayesh, Jack

Ven canario

Me-Re 6001A

Mayesh, Jack

Yo Soporta Con Passencia

Mayesh 1440

Mayesh, Jack

Yo t'admiro

Mayesh 1368

For more information, see also these record label pages: Mayesh; Me-Re.


Jack Mayesh was born on July 7, 1899 in Kuşadası, then part of the Ottoman Empire. He immigrated first to New York City, where he married Flora Salmoni, of Rhodes, in 1924. The family moved to Los Angeles around 1929, where Mayesh led a successful profession in the wholesale flower business. (The company, though no longer owned by the family, still bears his name, see here.) When colleagues in the floral industry of Japanese descent were interned at camps during World War II Mayesh wrote a song, "Los Japones", dealing with their ill treatment. While Mayesh never recorded the song, it has been performed in concert by Vanessa Paloma.

Mayesh was proudest of serving at various times as cantor at the three principal Los Angeles Sephardi congregations. In addition to Hebrew repertory, Mayesh also set Greek and Turkish melodies to Ladino lyrics. For example, Mayesh did his own version of Missirlu and transformed a song first known in Turkish as Benim güzel bülbülüm then in Greek as Kanarini into Ven canario He made nine recordings for his own Mayesh Phonograph Records label from late 1941 to late 1943.  During a New York excursion in summer, 1948, Mayesh made three more recordings for Me-Re (which bear Balkan matrices), all in Judeo-Spanish. These latter recordings had more elaborate accompaniment, an "Oriental Orchestra" led by Theodore Kappas on kanun, with violin and 'oud. According to his son, these were the best and most popular of his secular recordings.

As one contemporary remembered his influential recordings, "Mayesh was the Bing Crosby of the Sephardic world. In New York, as a kid, everyone had some of his records. He was a household word." He died on February 11, 1969.


(M. Jack Mayesh, personal correspondence; "Remembering Papa".)

Stern, Stephen, 1980.

Dorn, 1991


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