Mordechai Werdyger, Born April 16, 1951, professionally known as Mordechai Ben David (lit. Mordechai son of David) or MBD for short, is a superstar in the Orthodox Jewish community often referred to as “The King of Jewish Music”.
Werdyger has produced a record number of Jewish albums, many of them incredible hits. He also starred as the main performer in the popular Hasc concert for almost two decades. His father, David Werdyger, was a popular Jewish singer and cantor originally from Cracow and is a “Schindler” Jew. Werdyger blends traditional Hasidic melodies with modern pop to create the songs in his albums. Werdyger stopped singing at mixed concerts for religious reasons.
Werdyger lives in Sea Gate, Brooklyn.
Lichtiger Shabbos” on Just One Shabbos (1982) [retitled “Yiddish” on Solid MBD (1993)] is an adaptation of “Close Every Door To Me”, from the musical theater production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber.
“Yidden” on Jerusalem: Not For Sale (1986) uses the music of “Dschinghis Khan” (English: Genghis Khan), from the German band Dschinghis Khan.
“Father Dear” on Yerushalayim Our Home (1988) [retitled “Daddy Dear” on The English Collection (1998)] uses music from “Little Child,” performed by many earlier singers, notably Cab Calloway and his daughter in 1956; it, in turn, is adapted from an earlier French song.
Mordechai Ben David Sings Original Chassidic Nigunim (1973)
Neshama Soul (1975)
I’d Rather Pray and Sing (1977)
Vechol Maminim – Songs of Rosh Hashana (1979)
Moshiach is Coming Soon (1980)
Ich Hob Gevart (I Have Waited) (1982)
Mordechai Ben David Live (1981)
Just One Shabbos (1983)
Around the Year Vol. 1 (1984)
Hold On (1984)
Let My People Go (1985)
Jerusalem Not For Sale (1986)
MBD and Friends (1987)
Jerusalem Our Home – Lekovod Yom Tov (1988)
Siman Tov and Keitzad (Singles) (1989)
The Double Album (1990)
Solid MBD (1990)
Moshiach, Moshiach, Moshiach (1992)
Live in Jerusalem (1989)
Tomid BeSimcha – Always Happy (1994)
Special Moments (1994)
Once Upon a Niggun (1996)
Chevron Forever (single)(1996)
Ein Od Milvado (1997)
The English Collection (1998)
We Are One (1999)
Nachamu Ami (2004)
Oorah [single] (2005)
Efshar Letaken (2006)
Yiddish Collection (2007)
Anovim Anovim [single] (2008)
Oorah [single] (2008)
Levado – Mishpacha [single] (2008)
Kulam Ahuvim (2009)