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Arik Einstein, 74, sang some of Israel’s best-known anthems

A woman cries as she holds news paper with photograph Arik Einstepioneering Israeli singer songwriter during his memorial service RabSquare

A woman cries as she holds a news paper with a photograph of Arik Einstein, a pioneering Israeli singer and songwriter, during his memorial service at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Einstein, who performed some of the country's best-known anthems, died Tuesday after suffering an aneurysm, doctors said. He was 74.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) ORG XMIT: ASC105

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Updated: December 30, 2013 11:43AM



JERUSALEM — Arik Einstein, a pioneering Israeli singer and songwriter who performed some of the country’s best-known anthems, has died.

Doctors said Mr. Einstein died Tuesday after suffering an aneurism. He was 74.

Mr. Einstein began performing in the early 1960s after serving in a military entertainment troupe. His soft voice was instantly recognizable, melding classic folk music with a harder edge.

He is widely seen as the father of Israeli rock. In a career spanning half a century, Mr. Einstein recorded and performed with many of Israel’s top artists. He also enjoyed an acting career.

In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr. Einstein’s works “the soundtrack” of the nation.

According to Israeli media, Mr. Einstein is survived by his partner, actress Sima Eliyahu, and four children.

AP



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