D. was born in 1882 in
His father was a kosher meat
Until the age of fourteen he
learned in a cheder. Afterwards he traveled to his
father in England, where he became a choirboy and later
with the local actors (Emanuel and Yosef Chizhik, Ch.
Feinberg, Jennie Kaiser, Y. Goldshmidt, Kempner and Zaks),
he acted for several years in the Yiddish theatre in
auditoriums, debuting as "Markus" in Goldfaden's "Di kishufmakerin". Then he acted in Yiddish vaudeville in
Wonderland in Whitechapel and in Princess's Music Hall.
Circa 1908 D. came to
America, where he has acted since then in various
vaudeville troupes. D. has specialized in writing
"lyrics", for which eighty-six were published in various
publishing houses, and fifty-five were from either D. or
from other singers who sang on the gramophone.
D.'s popular songs were:
"Mister bay vos arbet ir?", "Ikh benk nokh mayn shtetele",
"Oy, oy, di vayber", "Ikh bin a border bay mayn