Arik Einstein, 2006
|Also known as||Ari Goren|
3 January 1939 |
Tel Aviv, British Mandate for Palestine
|Genres||Rock (Israeli rock)|
|Associated acts||Green Onion
Yarkon Bridge Trio
The High Windows
Arik Einstein (Hebrew: אריק איינשטיין, born 3 January 1939) is an Israeli singer, songwriter and actor, widely considered to be the greatest singer in Israeli history. His collaboration with Shalom Hanoch and the Churchills led to the first Israeli rock albums. Einstein was also vocalist for the bands Batzal Yarok (Green Onion), Shleeshiyat Gesher Hayarkon (Yarkon Bridge Trio) and Hahalonot Hagvohim (The High Windows).
Einstein wrote the lyrics of many of his own songs, among them "Ani Veata" (Me and You), "Sa Le'at" (Drive Slowly), "Yoshev Al HaGader" (Sitting on the Fence), "Ima Sheli" (My Mother), and "Uf Gozal" (Fly, Little Nestling).
Arieh (Arik) Einstein was born in Tel Aviv. His father, Yaakov Einstein, was an actor with the Ohel theater. Einstein was Israel's junior high jump champion. His father urged him to audition for an army entertainment troupe, and he was accepted into the Nahal Brigade troupe. In 1963, Einstein married Alona in the hall of Habima Theater. After four years of marriage, during which their daughter Shiri was born, the couple divorced. A year later, in 1968, they remarried. Their daughter Yasmin was born in 1971.
Music career 
In the Yarkon Bridge Trio, he performed with Yehoram Gaon, Benny Amdursky and later Israel Gurion. In 1964, he played in the comedy film Sallah Shabbati, along with Chaim Topol, who was also from the Green Onion band.
In 1966, Einstein released the album Shar Bishvilekh (Singing for You), and joined The High Windows, in which he performed pop songs. Two years later, Einstein released the album Mazal Gdi (Capricorn), which was not very successful. He therefore looked for a new sound and went on to produce the album Puzi with the Churchills, considered the first Israeli rock album.
Arik Einstein has done albums with various song writers/arangers. Among them are Shalom Hanoch, Miki Gabrielov, Itsrac Klepter, Shem Tov Levy and also Yoni Rechter.
In 2004, he released Shtei Gitarot Bas Tupim (Two Guitars, Bass, Drums).
Acting career 
Einstein was part of the early 1970s TV series Lool (Chicken Coop), a sketch-and-song show with an original format and cast. The show had an off-the-wall sense of humor not unlike Monty Python's Flying Circus. However, Lool also featured songs written by prominent poets performed by some of the best singers Israel has ever produced. In spite of the fact that it had only four parts, it remains a cult show to this day. Lool, as well as movies such as Shablool (Snail), showcased Einstein as both a top-of-the-line singer and comedian.
Critical acclaim 
- 1966 – Shar bishvileh (Singing for you)
- 1968 – Yashan vegamHadash" (Old and also New)
- 1968 – Mazal Gdi (Capricorn)
- 1969 – Puzi
- 1970 – Shablul (Snail)
- 1970 – Plastelina (Plasticine)
- 1971 – Shirey Yeladim (Kids' Songs)
- 1971 – Badeshe etzel Avigdor (At Avigdor's on the Grass)
- 1972 – Yasmin (Jasmine)
- 1973 – Hashanim Harishonot (The First Years)
- 1973 – Eretz Yisrael Hayeshana veHatova (Good Old Land of Israel)
- 1974 – Sa leat (Drive slowly)
- 1975 – Shirim (Songs)
- 1976 – Eretz Yisrael Hayeshana veHatova bet (Good Old Land of Israel part 2)
- 1976 – Yeladim (Kids)
- 1976 – Haahava panim rabot la (Love Has Many Faces)
- 1977 – Eretz Yisrael Hayeshana veHatova Gimel (Good Old Land of Israel part 3)
- 1978 – Leket (Medley)
- 1978 – Yeladudes (Kiddos)
- 1980 – Eretz Yisrael Hayeshana veHatova-Meshirey Sasha Argov (Good Old Land of Israel-Sasha Argov's Songs)
- 1980 – Hamush Bemishkafaim (Armed With Glasses)
- 1981 – Leket Leyladim (Collection for Kids)
- 1982 – Yoshev Al Hagader (Sitting on the Fence)
- 1983 – Shavir (Fragile)
- 1984 – Pesek Zman (Time Out)
- 1984 – Nostalgia-Eretz Yisrael Hayeshana veHatova (Nostalgia-Good Old Land of Israel)
- 1985 – Totzeret Haaretz (Made in Israel)
- 1986 – Ohev Lihiyot Babait (Love Being Home)
- 1987 – Al Gvul Haor (On the Boundary of Light)
- 1988 – meshirey Avraham Halfi (Avraham Halfi's Songs)
- 1989 – hashanim Harishonot (The First Years)
- 1989 – Haiti Paam Yeled (I was a Boy Once)
- 1992 – Nostalgia-Eretz Yisrael Hayeshana veHatova (Nostalgia-Good Old Land of Israel)
- 1992 – Haarye, Hayona, veTarnegolet Kchula (The Lion, The Dove, and a Blue Chicken)
- 1995 – Yesh bi Ahava (Got Love in Me)
- 1996 – Ktzat lakahat Hazara (Take Back a Little)
- 1997 – Lean Parchu Haparparim (Where Have the Butterflies Gone)
- 1999 – Muscat
- 2002 – Yahsan vegam Hadash-remastered (Old and also New)
- 2002 – Shemesh Retuva (Wet Sun)
- 2004 – Shablool-remastered (Snail)
- 2004 – Shtei Gitarot, Bass, Tupim (Two Guitars, Bass, Drums)
- 2006 – Rega'im (Moments)
- 2007 – Kol Ha Tov Shebaolam (All the Good Things in the World)
With the High Windows:
- 1966 – Hahalonot hagvohim (The High Windows)
- Celebrity Grapevine, Jerusalem Post
- Wild eyes searching for an answer, Haaretz
- "Like the Wind". Amazon.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
- "Kmo HaRuach". daviddor.com. February 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
- גיא בניוביץ' (20 June 1995). "הישראלי מספר 1: יצחק רבין – תרבות ובידור". Ynet. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
Further reading 
- 1981 – Arik Einstein: Songbook edited by Arik Einstein and Michael Tapuach
- 1989 – Lool (edited by Arik Einstein, Zvi Shisel)
- 1991 – Arik Einstein: Second Songbook (edited by Arik Einstein and Michael Tapuach; music editor: Bart Berman)
- 2006 – Arik Enstein: Zo Ota Ha-ahava (edited by Ali Mohar)