All the Dreams

An Arik Lavie timeline

1927 − Born in Leipzig as Leo Alexander Inselsbacher. The surname is that of a French Foreign Legion man who married his mother, Edith Hauben.

1936 − Immigrates to Palestine with distant relatives, raised in kibbutzim and moshavim as an “outside child.”

Lavie - March 23, 2012

1949 − Joins the Carmel entertainment troupe of the Palmach commandos, initially as a stagehand, later as a singer.

1950 − Attends Cameri Theater drama school.

1954 − Appears in “Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer,” the first feature film produced in Israel.

1955 − Meets Shoshik Shani at acting school.

1957 − Leaves Cameri Theater. Marries Shoshik Shani. Forms the Arava Trio, with Shimon Israeli and Zvi Borodo. The group appears across Europe; Charles Aznavour is their warm-up act at the Olympia in Paris.

1958 − Appears at the Theater Club in Tel Aviv in a new show, including “The Echo” ‏(the first written by the lyricist and novelist Yaakov Shabtai‏) and “The Red Rock” ‏(which was banned from the radio for fear it would tempt young Israelis to try to reach Petra, the “rose-red city,” in Jordan‏).

1959 − Releases first record album, which becomes a hit. Appears as Roberto-Les-Diams in more than 600 performances of “Irma La Douce” on Broadway; can be heard on the original cast recording.

1963 − Back in Israel, appears with Shani in a revue, “He and She,” written and directed by Ephraim Kishon. The show runs for about 300 performances.

1965 − Appears with Shani in the Cameri Theater production of the children’s musical “Utz Li Gutz Li” ‏(based on the Rumpelstiltskin story‏). Also performs in a show of Brecht songs, appears in Uri Zohar’s film “A Hole in the Moon” and on the stage in the musical “The King and I,” with Rivka Raz.

1967 − “To the IDF with Love,” evening of songs dedicated to the army after the Six-Day War.

1968 − New album, “For the Division of Steel” ‏(referring to the 84th Armored Division‏), which contains the songs “Battle of Rafah” and “Those Who Fought.” Appears in Menahem Golan’s first film, “999 Aliza Mizrahi”; and in the following two years in several more Golan productions, including “My Margot,” “Lupo” and “Attack at Dawn.”

1971 − His new album, “A Song Isn’t Just Words,” includes the hits “Autumn Song,” “Why Didn’t You Tell Me” and more.

1973 − Releases “From 1948 with Love,” an album of songs of the War of Independence. The theme song is by Shlomo Artzi ‏(music‏) and Haim Hefer ‏(lyrics‏). Appears with Shani in the Habima Theater production of “Oh, Juliette,” written and directed by Ephraim Kishon, which is also a hit in Germany and Austria.

1974 − Takes part in the program “Youth Movement Songs,” also released as a record album.

1975 − His new album, “Portrait,” includes one of his biggest hits, “It Happens.”

1977 − Appears as Maj. Gen. Dan Shomron in Menahem Golan’s film “Operation Thunderbolt,” about the Entebbe operation.

1978 − Records the album “I Will Sing You a Song,” which includes “Noa” and “Sahaki Sahaki.” Records an album with the Chocolate, Mint, Chewing Gum group.

1980 − Releases an album of songs arranged by Matti Caspi, among them “Evening Song” and “The Pomegranate Tree.”

1982 − New album, “Almost Dawn.”

1984 − “Messages,” a new album, includes “Kinneret” by Alexander Penn and Mordechai Zeira, and “Last Love,” by Haim Hefer and Yigal Hared.

1986 − Appears in stage production of “My Fair Lady” and in the Menahem Golan film “Million Dollar Madness.”

1987 − Stars in the Hebrew-language version of “Irma La Douce” with Hanna Laszlo and Moshe Becker. Records the song “All the Dreams” ‏(lyrics: Lavie; music: David Krivoshei‏) with his firstborn daughter, Noa.

1988 − Solo show “All the Dreams,” which is also released as a double album.− Appears in the musical “The Wizard,” written and directed by Uri Fester, based on “The Wizard of Oz.”

1997 − Guest on Gidi Gov’s late-night television program and performs “The Echo” with him, which is included on a triple album of songs from the program.
1998 − Appears with songwriter Naomi Shemer in a show marking Israel’s jubilee. Double album, “You Are an Israeli,” released, containing the best of Lavie.

2003 − Receives lifetime achievement award at Days of Song Festival in Holon.

2004 − Records his last song, “My Way” ‏(based on the Sinatra hit‏), which contains his life story. Dies in June in Beilinson Hospital, Petah Tikva, while undergoing treatment for his heart condition.