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Shalom Chanoch

Shalom Chanoch

Shalom Chanoch

Shalom Hanoch was born in Kibbutz Mishmarot. As a child his musical talent was known in the Kibbutz, and until he discovered Rock music, he listened to a wide variety of genres (from Classical, through Russian folk music, Gospel and Blues). After getting his first Jazz guitar when he was 12 years old, Hanoch began composing his own songs. By the age of 14 he had completed his first song - Laila (Night). Along with another member of the Kibbutz, Meir Ariel, he wrote more songs, and joined the Kibbutz's band - "HaMishmaron". Read more on
Shalom Hanoch was born in Kibbutz Mishmarot. As a child his musical talent was known in the Kibbutz, and until he discovered Rock music, he listened to a wide variety of genres (from Classical, through Russian folk music, Gospel and Blues). After getting his first Jazz guitar when he was 12 years old, Hanoch began composing his own songs. By the age of 14 he had completed his first song - Laila (Night). Along with another member of the Kibbutz, Meir Ariel, he wrote more songs, and joined the Kibbutz's band - "HaMishmaron".

Songs from that time include Agadat Deshe (Grass Legend), Nisa LaYam (We'll Go To The Beach), Risim (Eyebrows) and Yom Acharon (Last Day). At 16, he took acting classes at Beit Tzvi arts school. Although at that point he was more interesting in acting than in creating music, Hanoch was recruited by the Nahal army troupe when he turned 18, and wrote a few songs for the troupe while in the service. He was released from service in 1968, but not before he participated in recording a best-of album made of re-recorded versions to 50's and 60's hits by the troupe called Kol HaKavod LaNahal (Well Done, Nahal). In this album Hanoch sang Mitria Bishnaim along with the troupe's star, Shula Chen.

The two were mentioned on the cover, an innovation for army band recordings. In 1967 Shalom performed in the High Windows club in Tel Aviv. It was there that he was introduced to Arik Einstein, who was already a star in Israel. Impressed with what he had seen and heard, Einstein suggested that Hanoch write songs for him. A first EP, Hagar was released the same year, with four of Hanoch's compositions performed by Einstein. Hanoch's great breakthrough occurred in 1968 when Arik Einstein recorded his second album, Mazal Gdi, which contained only songs written by Hanoch.

He also wrote the lyrics for six of them. The Cooperation between the two continued in the national Song Contest (Festival HaZemer), when Einstein performed Hanoch's songs. But the complex, unusual song "Prague," which dealt with the Soviet invasion of the capital of the Czech Republic, was not well received by the audience. In 1969 Hanoch and his former Nahal-band member, Chanan Yovel, joined with Beni Amdurski and founded the band HaShlosharim. Shalom composed many of the band's songs.

In these years he also wrote a lot of songs for other artists. In 1970 Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch and The Churchills created a new Israeli sound, influenced by Anglo-American Rock n' Roll. The album Shablul, in which Hanoch composed all the songs, pioneered this new sound. One of the best-known songs from this album was Ma Ata Ose KsheAta Kam Baboker (What Do You Do When You Wake Up in the Morning). The Churchills, who played on most of the songs, was a band influenced by the Psychedelic Rock of the late 60s, and this kind of psychedelia appeared in some of their songs.

Shablul's lyrics were another expression of musical innovation and changes in Israeli music. The words were written in popular rather than official and formal language, as was used in Israeli songs before. Along with the extraordinary lyrics, one old-style song was in the album - HaBalada Al Yoel Moshe Salomon (The Ballad About Yo'el Moshe Salomon). Plastelina, the second Einstein-Hanoch album, was recorded four months after the first. Two more artists who worked with Einstein that time, Shmulik Kraus and Josey Katz, took part in recording and composing.

In the same year Hanoch wrote and composed a song for Uri Zohar's Hitromemut movie. In 1971 Hanoch flew to London in order to start an international career. In London Shalom signed a contract with producer and music publisher Dick James, who worked with Elton John that time. In 1971 Hanoch recorded a solo album in English, Shalom. The album was recorded and produced by James' record company, DJM, with Elton John's backing band.

The record included songs that were composed by Hanoch in Israel and were translated to English, and also included new compositions. A few of these became more famous in Israel several years later, when they were translated into Hebrew and appeared in his solo albums, and in an album by his new band Tamouz. With his return to Israel in 1973 Hanoch claimed he had come back because it was hard for him to succeed in other countries, and writing in English did not suit him. In 1976 the album was released in Israel by CBS and sold out in stores very fast.

CBS never produced additional copies of the album, and it was never re-released. In 1973 Hanoch returned to Israel. He, Matti Caspi, Ariel Zilber and Dani Litani founded the group Tamouz. With the lead of Hanoch and Zilber, Tamouz became the most significant rock band of the late 70s in Israel. Tamouz's only album - Sof Onat HaTapuzim (End of the Orange Season)(1976), was a milestone in the development of Israeli Rock, and became the preeminent album of its time. Tamouz went on a performance tour which was very successful.

However, the tour's production costs were high and the band lost money. The group embarked on a last, successful tour which recouped some of its losses. However, it then disbanded due to its poor finances and Zilber's dissatisfaction with the band's musical type and genre. Tamouz reunited for a few tours in 1983, and also performed in the memory of Meir Ariel in 2000, a year after his death. After Tamouz disbanded, Hanoch released his first Hebrew solo album - Adam Betoch Azmo (1977, A Man Inside Himself). The songs were silent and minoric, including Adam Betoch Azmo, Ir Zara (Foreign Town), Tiul LeYafo (A Trip to Jaffa), and Rack Lirkod (Just Dance).

Most of these songs talked about Hanoch's life, after a bitter divorce from his wife. In 1978 Hanoch performed in the "Neviot Festival". The performances there were very successful, and made Hanoch an esteemed rock singer. In this time Hanoch recorded his song - Haya Kedai (It Was Worth It), which was a huge success. In 1979, Arik Einstein and Shalom Hanoch started an elaborately-produced joint tour. The performance was recorded in Hechal HaTarbut and was released as Arik Einstein VeShalom Hanoch BeHofa'a Meshutefed.

This album contained new songs of both Einstein and Hanoch, and two medleys (almost 20 minutes long each) of their best songs from their albums in the 70s. In 1980 Hanoch produced Einstein's MiShirei Sasha Argov. In the same year he also wrote and composed Shir Lelo Shem for Yehudit Ravitz, which was written in memory of Shalom's nephew, Avshalom, in November. Hanoch also composed a few songs for Einstein's album Hamush BeMishkafaim (Armed with Glasses), and composed Nurit Galron's very well-known song - Ki HaAdam Etz HaSade. In 1983 Hanoch created one of his most prominent albums - Chatuna Levana (White Wedding). This album differed from Hanoch's previous albums, since it was very dark sounding, and it was the first time Hanoch sang in his familiar voice of today, and not in a tenor as at the start of his career.

The songs were very complex, and dealt with Hanoch's divorce, relationships, money and success. The album did not achieve commercial success for the first several years after its release, but today it is recognized as a modern, heavy and rough rock creation in Hebrew. In 1983 Hanoch recorded the album Al Pnei HaAdama (On the Ground's Surface), about man and nature. The album contained three new songs, and re-recordings of older songs. In 1985 he recorded his most successful album - Mehakim LeMashiach (Waiting for Mashiach). The album contained political-social songs: "Waiting for Mashiach" dealt with the suicide of Mashiach after the crash of the Israeli Stock Market, Lo Otzer BeAdom (Doesn't Stop For Red Lights) was written about the 1982 Lebanon War.

It also contained personal songs and love songs. This album was produced by Hanoch and Moshe Levi, who since then became his musical partner. Hanoch planned a tour in small halls, but eventually he decided to risk putting on four stadium shows. These shows were a massive success and made Hanoch the most popular rock star of that time. In 1986 Hanoch created another album, which wasn't very successful because it was partially made in England. In 1991 Hanoch recorded his album BaGilgul Haze which was a big success. One of the songs, Kacha VeKacha, was written as a joke but was very successful. In 1992 Hanoch released a collection of songs, partially from a live show, called Lo Yachol Lishon Achashav (Can't Sleep Now).

In 1994 he recorded 'A-Li-Mut' (Violence); in 1997 he released Erev Erev (Evening Evening), which also included a few translated songs from his English album. In the same year he composed Shalom Haver (Goodbye Friend), in the memory of prime minister Itzhak Rabin, for Einstein's album LeAn Parhu HaParparim. This was the first cooperation between Einstein and Hanoch after 17 years. The cooperation resulted in a joint album by Einstein and him - Muskat (1999). In 2001 an independent label, "C90", produced a bootleg from Hanoch's White Wedding tour.

In 2002, 25 years after the release of Adam Betoch Azmo, the album was released again with a bonus song that was recorded in 2000 with David Broza. In 2003 he recorded Or Israeli with the rock band Monica Sex. In 2004 the Yetzia tour was released as a live album. At the end of that year, a five-disk collection was released that summed Shalom's career until then.

In the summer of 2005, Hanoch joined Shlomo Artzi, and they went on a tour called Hitchabrut, which was very successful and was released as a double album. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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