Fans of Israeli music were devastated to learn of the passing yesterday of famed Israeli singer Yigal Bashan, who died at age 68. The cause of death was not immediately made public.
Yigal Bashan was responsible for countless Israeli classic songs during his long and illustrious 50+ year musical career, which was marked by an ACUM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Sometimes you don’t realize a person’s contributions until after they leave this world. I’ve always recognized a few of Yigal Bashan’s songs, and even identified some that I really enjoyed.
But yesterday, a quick YouTube search returned much more than I could have ever imagined.
Me, 10 seconds into every video: “Oh! I know that song!”
In his 68 years, Yigal Bashan brought the land of Israel some of its most-known and most-loved melodies of all time. Just take a few minutes to watch the video above, which features snippets of 45 of Yigal’s best-known songs, and you’ll be hungry for more…guaranteed.
Yigal Bashan: The Israeli Soundtrack for 50+ Years
I’ll leave the extensive historical wrap-up to the editors of Yigal’s Wikipedia page (Hebrew), but I want to point out a few important highlights. Suffice it to say, Yigal had a VERY long musical career, beginning at the age of 15. Back then, he teamed up with Shlomit Aharon, another well-known singer, to form the group “Yigal V’Shlomit”. They even recorded a few songs together, including “Shnat Alpayim”, released in 1966.
In 1969, Yigal participated in the Hassidic Song Festival, singing what would later become one of world Jewry’s most beloved songs, “Oseh Shalom”, composed by Nurit Hirsch.
He went on to join Lahakat Pikud Hatzafon, where he released a number of hits, including “Matok Matok”.
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Josh Shron is the host of "Israel Hour Radio" - a weekly Israeli music radio program and podcast he's hosted on Rutgers University's WRSU Radio since 1994. He has the amazing opportunity to share his love for Israel and its music with thousands of listeners each week. Free weekly podcasts are available at the iTunes Music Store, TuneIn Radio or at https://www.MyIsraeliMusic.com. Josh is also the founder and president of Stampless Marketing, a full-service digital marketing firm. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and five children.