A. was born on 15 May 1881 in Lisinka, Kiev Gubernia.
His father was a colonist
and a prayer leader.
He learned in a cheder.
He was a choir boy for Yankele
the hoarse(?) in Beyala Tserkov where he also learned
notes. Afterwards he sung for two years in the tailor's
shul in Kiev. Later he became an assistant chorus
director in the Ukrainian operetta of Kropovinsky.
During military duty he was in pulk assistant director
and was taken in to learn to perform bass.
In 1903 he went away to
Galicia and was assistant choir conductor for Yakov Ber
Gimpel. He was brought down to New York, together with
Pepi Litmann through Sam Agid, by whom he worked for
four years as a writer of one-act operettas, and he studied
as one of the choir. His song "Dem r'binim heylike hbdlh"
was sung by Pepi Litmann, and it became popular across
the entire Yiddish world. A. composed his many songs
together with music and had written "lyrics" to the
music of Perlmutter and Wohl. Especially well-known were
his songs "The New Yorker trern", "Be a Father to Your
Children", "The Khupah", and "Di lukhut" (text and
music); also the "lyrics" to Thomashefsky's play "The
Polish Jew" and "Dos dorfs-meydl (The Needy Girl?)".
Around 1929 he left the
theatre and became an insurance agent, went away to
Detroit, where he became occupied with real estate, lost
his property, and since 1929 managed a Yiddish radio program
for a year.
Also in Detroit, A. from
time to time, once again wrote "lyrics". One of his last
songs was "I Am Afraid of My Wife".
On 10 February 1945 A.
passed away in Detroit.
In the "Lexicon of the
Yiddish Theatre" (V. 1, p. 63), he pi teut called
Sh. E. by Harry