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#OBITUARY: Tzvika Pick

#OBITUARY: Tzvika Pick

Israeli singer-songwriter Tzvika Pick has died at the age of 72. Among his many achievements, he wrote a Eurovision winner.

Tzvika was born in Wrocław in 1949 as Henryk Pick, emigrating to Israel in 1957. In the 1970s, he was one of Israel’s top pop stars, taking a leading role in the Hebrew production of Hair. He also performed songs written by Eurovision Song writer Ehud Manor.

In 1979 he tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. His song Ein li ish milvadi came second to eventual winning song Hallelujah by Milk & Honey. You can find his song 42:55 in.

In the 1980s and 1990s he tried another four times, missing out on each occasion. His big break came in 1998 when Israeli broadcaster the IBA selected Diva internally, which he co-wrote with Yoav Ginai. Here’s Diva.

He tried writing for Eurovision again, participating in Kdam twice more, and succeeded in getting through to the Contest as a writer for songs by countrywoman Sarit Chadad in 2002 (Light a candle) and Ukrainian débutant Oleksandr Ponomariov in 2003 (Hasta la vista). His final attempt was writing a song for Sopho Nizharazde in the Georgian national final in 2010. That song was beaten by Shine.

Outside of singing and writing, Tzvika was a panellist on the Israeli talent show ‘A star is born’ for several series until 2007. He also advertised various TV products, most recently Nokia phones.

In 1975 Tzvika married songwriter Mirit Shem-Or, and had three children with her. One daughter, Daniella, married Quentin Tarantino in 2018. He also had two sons with fashion designer Shira Manor.

Tzvika died after a cardiac arrest on 14 August 2022. Eurovision Ireland’s thoughts are with Tzvika’s family at this time.

Author: John Stanton

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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