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Iconic Israeli pop singer, songwriter Zvika Pik dies aged 72

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Israeli pop composer and singer Svika Pick, on September 21, 2004. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Israeli pop composer and singer Svika Pick, on September 21, 2004. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Pop singer Zvika Pik, considered one of Israel’s musical treasures, died at home this morning. He was 72.

Pik came of age as a singer in the 1970s, when he played a lead part in the Hebrew version of the musical “Hair,” becoming a known entity in the Israeli music scene.

Pik migrated into writing songs for other singers in the 1980s and 1990s, penning some of the most iconic music of the era, such as the children’s song “The Soap Cried So Much.”

He suffered ill health for the last few years of his life.

“Zvika was a revolutionary artist of his generation, one of the pillars of Israeli pop,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid says in a statement.

“Zvika passed away today, but the songs and melodies he left behind will continue to play for many years to come. Sending warm condolences to his family and all his fans,” he adds.

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