Iconic Israeli singer-songwriter Zvika Pik dies at 72

Pop singer Zvika Pik, considered one of Israel’s musical treasures, died at home on Sunday. He was 72 years old.

Pik came of age as a singer in the 1970s when he played a lead role in the Hebrew version of the musical “Hair” and became a household name in the Israeli music scene.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid mourned the loss of the singer and songwriter, noting that Pik sang the words: “‘Music penetrates the heart’ – a phrase that describes most of his songs and tunes that have penetrated the heart and Israeli culture… Zvika was a revolutionary artist of his generation, a pillar of Israeli pop. Zvika passed away today, but his songs and music that stayed behind will continue to be played for many years to come.

The lyrics quoted by Lapid are taken from the song “Mala, Mala” (“Up, Up”) on Pik’s breakthrough 1978 album, “Music”.

The musician, born Henryk Pik in Wroclaw, Poland, immigrated to Israel with his family as a child. Born into a musical family with a grandfather who ran a music school and an uncle who was a music teacher, Pik began studying classical music at the age of five. He continued his musical studies in Israel, studying at the Ramat Gan Music Center and performing in local rock bands as a teenager.

He released nine albums in the 1970s and worked closely with his first wife, Mirit Shem-Or, who wrote many of Pik’s hits, including “Mary Lou”, which was about her, as well as songs about the “This Is My Way” albums. “, “And now” and “Kaleidoscope”.

The music scene was not as easy for Pik in the 1980s, a difficult professional time when he performed to small audiences and carried and handled his own equipment at concerts, lacking the funds to hire a crew.

Pik migrated to writing songs for other singers in the 1980s and 1990s, writing some of the era’s most iconic music, such as the children’s song “The Soap Cried So Much.” His official Instagram account is called “Svika Pick, Maestro”.

Pik wrote the song “Diva” with lyricist Yoav Ginai, performed by Dana International, which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998.

Pik went on to write songs for several other Eurovision contestants, reuniting with Ginai to write “Light a Candle” for Sarit Hadad, who represented Israel at Eurovision 2002, and wrote a song for the Israeli contestant. of 2010, Harel Skaat, as well as for the Georgian candidate. .

Pik and Shem-Or continued to collaborate after their divorce in 2003. Daniella Pik, one of their three children, is married to American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, and together they live part of the year in Tel Aviv.

Pik had been in a relationship with Israeli fashion designer Shira Manor since 2004 and they have two sons, Tim and Neal.

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