Esther Ofarim, 1966
|Native name||אסתר עופרים|
|Birth name||Esther Ofarim|
June 13, 1941 |
Safed, British Palestine
|Genres||Folk, pop, Jewish Yemenite|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Labels||Hed Arzi, Israphon, Philips, EMI|
|Associated acts||Abi Ofarim|
Esther Zaied was born in Safed to a Syrian Jewish family. She began performing as a child, singing Hebrew and international folk songs. In 1959, she met Abi Ofarim, a guitarist and dancer, whom she later married.
In 1960, Esther landed a small role in the film Exodus. In 1961 she won the Song Festival in Tel Aviv, where she sang "Saëni Imchá Bemachol" (Take Me with You When You Dance) and "Naamah". Two years later she won second place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 with "T'en vas pas," representing Switzerland.
From then on, her duo with Abi Ofarim took off. In 1966, they had their first hit in Germany with "Noch einen Tanz", an English version of which, "One More Dance", was a hit in the UK two years later, peaking at no. 13. Their greatest success in Germany was in 1967 with "Morning of my Life", which was written by the Bee Gees. In 1968 "Cinderella Rockefella" hit the top of the charts in a number of countries including the UK. They played many live concerts in New York City and London, and in 1969 they toured around the world.
The couple divorced in Germany in 1970.
Esther started her solo career with several albums and concerts. In 1984, she played in Joshua Sobol's play Ghetto, produced by Peter Zadek in Berlin. There she sang songs including "Frühling" and "Unter deinen weissen Sternen". Ofarim's songs were featured in the 2004 Israeli film, Walk on Water.
|Awards and achievements|
with "Le retour"
|Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "I miei pensieri"