ARTZI, SHLOMO


ARTZI, SHLOMO
ARTZI, SHLOMO (1949– ), Israeli pop-rock singer-song-writer. Artzi was born at Alonei Abba in Galilee. He made his first public appearance as a singer as a high school student, at an international youth conference in Spain. Like many of his contemporaries Artzi began his musical career during his compulsory national service, though due to his high medical profile he initially began his three-year stint in the IDF as a regular serviceman. It was only a year later that he gained a slot in the Navy band. In stark contrast with his later career, Artzi debuted with the Navy troupe as a backing vocalist but soon made an impact, becoming the band's soloist in their next show, "Rhapsody in Blue." Artzi's spots in the show included "Ke-she-Ehyeh Gaddol" ("When I'm Older"), "Ha-Malakh Gavriel" ("Angel Gabriel"), and "Anshei Ha-Ẓefarde'a Anshei ha-Demamah" ("The Frogmen, the Silent Ones"), all of which became hits on the pop charts and the road to Artzi's stardom was open. His stellar status was sealed when he won the National Song Festival in 1970, performing in his navy uniform, with a song called "Pittom Akhshav, Pittom ha-Yom" ("Suddenly Now, Suddenly Today"). Later that year he released his first solo record, Shlomo Artzi, The First Record, which included a new version of "Pittom Akhshav, Pittom ha-Yom," and received the prestigious David Harp's award. This was to be the first of many awards. In 1971 he recorded his second solo effort, Al Anashim ("About People"), which primarily comprised original compositions, and took part in the musical movie Ḥasamba ve-Na'arei ha-Hefker ("Hasamba and the Gang"). The following year he teamed up with former Navy buddies Dadi Schlessinger and Etchie Stroh to form the Geverret Tapu'akh (Madam Apple) trio, which released four records between 1972 and 1975. In 1975 it looked like Artzi was about to embark on an international career, when he recorded a single with German lyrics for Decca Telefunken. He was also asked by Switzerland to represent it at that year's Eurovision Song Contest, but ultimately represented Israel with "At ve-Ani" ("You and I"), which placed eleventh. It was three years later that Artzi really hit the jackpot, with his 1978 album Gever Holekh Le'Ibbud ("A Man Loses His Way"), on which Artzi managed to lose his image as the baby-faced teen idol and take on a new angst-filled persona. It was an image that was to serve him well and almost all his releases to date have been big sellers. After teaming up with producer Louis Lahav, in 1984, Artzi recorded Tirkod ("Dance") and was voted Singer of the Year. His 1988 release Ḥom Yuli-August ("July–August Heat") was the first double album ever made by an Israeli solo artist and, in 2000, his Ahavtiḥem CD became his biggest seller to date. (Barry Davis (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Shlomo Artzi — en recital (2007) Datos generales Nacimiento 26 de noviembre de 1949 (61 años) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Shlomo Artzi — en concert (2007) Pays d’origine Moshav Alonei Abba, Israël Genre musical …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Shlomo Artzi — Infobox musical artist Name = Shlomo Artzi Img capt = Shlomo Artzi in concert (2007) Img size = 300px Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = flagicon|Israel Alonei Abba, Israel Genre = Folk rock, Pop rock Years active = 1969… …   Wikipedia

  • Shlomo — Shlomo, meaning peace , is a common Hebrew male given name.The following individuals are often referred to only by the name Shlomo: * Solomon * Shlomo (human beatbox)The following individuals have the given name Shlomo: * Shlomo Amar, current… …   Wikipedia

  • Artzi — may refer to: People Shlomo Artzi (born 1949), Israeli folk rock singer songwriter and composer Yitzhak Artzi (1920–2003), Israel politician Companies Hed Arzi Music, Israeli music production, distribution, and import company This …   Wikipedia

  • Shlomo Bar — is an Israeli musician, composer, and social activist. A pioneer of ethnic music in Israel. Biography Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1943, Bar emigrated to Israel a few years later. He learnt how to play the darbuka and other ethnic percussion… …   Wikipedia

  • Shlomo Rosen — MKs Date of birth = 21 June 1905 Place of birth = Ostrava, Austria Hungary Year of Aliyah = 1926 Date of death = 7 December 1985 Place of death = Knesset(s) = Party = Alignment Former parties = Mapam Gov t roles = Minister of Immigrant Absorption …   Wikipedia

  • List of Israeli musical artists — List of Israeli musical artists, singers and bands compactTOC2 A * Abstract * Adam * Moshik Afia * Aharit HaYamim (End of Days) * Corinne Alal * Chava Alberstein * Almana Shehora (Black Widow) * Jo Ammar * Etti Ankri * Keren Ann * Yardena Arazi * …   Wikipedia

  • List of Israeli rock artists — List of Israeli rock artists, singers and bands A * Adam * Alon Olearchik * Alona Daniel * Amir Kertes * Ariel Horowitz * Ariel Zilber * Arik Einstein * Arik Lavi * Arik Sinai * Arkadi Duchin * Asaf Amdurski * Avi Mesika * Aviv Geffen * Avtipus ( …   Wikipedia

  • Music of Israel — …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.