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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: November 6, 2014 9:28AM

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.


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