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Jakob Geis

Bavarian folk singer
The basics
AKA Papa Geis
Date of birth Athens, Athens Municipality, Central Athens Regional Unit, Attica Region
Date of death Mar 03, 1908 Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
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The details

Jakob Geis, stage name Papa Geis (27 December 1840 in Munich – 3 March 1908 in Munich) was a Munich performer, folksinger, and musical director. He was considered master of Bavarian cuplés. The dramatist and director Jacob Geis was his grandchild.

Originally he wanted to become a Catholic priest. But at the age of 26, he broke off his theological studies and started a stage career as a comedian in Vienna. He wore only black clothes, a bit like a Catholic priest. Often he was greeted therefore as a Father. His stage name Papa Geis means Daddy Geis.

1878 he started his own musical and comedian group, named Gesellschaft Geis. His cuplés reflect a piece of cultural history of Munich.


  • CD "Rare Schellacks - München: Volkssänger", by Trikont (Best.Nr. US 0199), including the "Bachstelzenlied" from Papa Geis.

1902 Papa Geis recorded five couplés by "Gramophone Co.":

  • G&T 42 230 (mx. 594) Kalauer-Couplet (music: Julius Einödshofer)
  • G&T 42 231 (mx. 596) Daradl-Dadl (text: Krakauer)
  • G&T 42 232 (mx. 593) Travestie über das "Bachstelzenlied" (Tit-willow) (music: W.S.Gilbert)
  • G&T 42 233 (mx. 592) Couplet mit Opern-Refrain
  • G&T 42 234 (mx. 594) Durchs Schlüsselloch (text: Verney)

Selected bibliography

  • Jakob Geis: Selbstbiographie. Typoskript München 1905.
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