M. was born on 2 April 1867
in Dinaburg, Latvia, to poor parents. In 1888 M.'s
father immigrated to America. So that he could become a
breadwinner for his home, M. had to enter into work for
twenty-five kopeks a week in his [own factory=shebl-fabrik].
However he earned more with the work of singing songs,
although he wasn't able to read and write any languages.
Later, on his own, M. learned Yiddish and English.
At the age of thirteen he
was brought by his father to America, and M. worked with
him together in a rag shop, dedicating himself during
his free time to composing songs in themes about daily
events. His song "Vu nemt men amolike yorn?", in
which he sang at home simchas, became very popular and
it was published. M. also tried to write songs for the
Yiddish theatre. Through his sister, the singer Katie Blachman, he, together with her,
was taken into a troupe
which [Samuel] Tornberg had put together, and here he had the
opportunity to sing his songs that he had composed. Then
M. became engaged to Gilrod in Yiddish vaudeville as a
singer and as a songwriter for other actors, and later
he went over to the People's Music Hall, where he
composed his popular original song "Gott un zayn
iz gerekht" (published under his and L. Gilrod's name).
He sung through Adler in Libin's "Gebrakhene hertser
(Broken Hearts)", "Ven men ruft zikh tsurik", "Bur krh
oykhprhu", "Kum isralikl aheym", "Kol israel khverim"
and many more, of which several were published by
various publishers or privately issued. Others were sung
in various operettas and were sung on the gramophone.