ISRAELI HUSBAND & WIFE PERFORMERS
By the age of 6, she had already made stage appearances.
At age 12 attended ballet school;
|The career of Esther and Abi Ofarim began in Israel. They made appearances there for 4 years before launching their career in Europe, appearing in Italy, Poland, Germany and Switzerland. They embarked upon a tour of the USA, performing some 70 concerts. They made over 500 television broadcasts in Europe, including a weekly show for the BBC.|
(above text from " Hits in Germany ", hrsg. von Siegmund Helms, 1972, Breitkopf & Haertel, Wiesbaden)
They began performing in 1959 at an Israeli theatre club. In 1961 they won a Song Festival in Tel Aviv, by which time they were married. In 1963 Esther Ofarim won second place (for Switzerland) in the "Eurovision Song Contest" with the song "T'en vas pas". This represented a break through for both of them. Abi arranged the songs, and accompanied Esther on the guitar.
In 1966, they released a duet, "Noch einen Tanz", which became their first hit in Germany. More German success came in 1967 with the song "Morning Of My Life". In 1968 their greatest success came with the international hit "Cinderella Rockefella". This recording reached No 1 in the United Kingdom, and there followed appearances in London and New York. During 1969 they presented a weekly show on BBC tv in the UK.
However, despite this major success, there was a private crisis in their marriage, and the pair separated in November 1970.
Esther made a number of solo albums, but these days Esther is living a quite life, away from showbiz, has invested in property, and lives in Tel Aviv.
Abi has worked as a manager, composer, arranger and a director. He later established the company PROM in Munich, which is a music production company, a publishing house, a talent agency and technical school for budding artists. In his role as a producer, he works with, amongst others, the prima ballerina, Margot Werner.
text from "Star Scene
'77 - 1000 of Top star pop singers from Ilja judge",
VN publishing house company for Reference Books Ltd., rope nut taunusstein, 1977)
Esther Ofarim is more than a star - she is an experience. When she steps on the stage, in front of the television camera or before the microphone, she projects an honest enthusiasm which is met with total admiration. People of all age groups, pop fans, lovers of classical music and followers of avantgardism, will experience an interpretation of art, which overwhelms everyone.
At 13 years of age, Esther began performing in the theatre. At 17 she went to Haifa, and a year later moved to the National Theatre in Tel Aviv to further advance her career. It was there that she met her future husband Abi, who was a dancer and choreographer. He immediately saw Esther's great abilities, and decided to give up his own career, in order to form a singing duo with her. Hollywood director Otto Preminger saw them in Israel, and immediately engaged Esther for a role in his film "Exodus". The artist stock exchanges in the USA now noticed a new name.
Frank Sinatra also came to Israel and saw Esther. He immediately gave her a contract for the first of six planned television shows. She was such a great success that she appeared on all six of the shows. Following the success of America, offers came in from all of Europe. Esther and Abi established themselves in Switzerland, became interested in European folk music, and were becoming much admired by older people as well.
In 1962, Esther Ofarim won the first prize in the international music festival in Zoppot (Poland). In the same year their entry for the "Eurovision Song Contest" triumphed, and they performed at a folk music festival in Freiburg (Switzerland). Representing Switzerland, they came second in the 1963 "Eurovision Song Contest", held in London. In 1964 they were awarded The Silver Rose of Montreux by Eurovision, for their tv performances.
During 1965 they gave 43 concerts in 32 German cities, which were all sell-outs, and they won the Edison prize in the same year. They have also given charity concerts, which they perform every two or three years. Finally, in 1966 Esther was awarded the "International Recording Grand Prix", in Paris.
(above text from the album "Esther & Abi Ofarim 2 - Philips' club special edition" 75,597)
Du machst Dir Sorgen
B) Von dir hat man gar nichts
Philips 345 839 PF (1965)
B) I'm Going Home
Philips 346 012 PF (1966)
(Die Fahrt ins Heu)
Philips 346 030 PF (1966)
Morning Of My Life
B) Garden Of My Home
Philips 346 080 PF (1967)
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