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Biography

Danny Ben-Israel (1944 – March 11, 2019) was an Israeli musician of the late 1960s and early 1970s, producing psychedelic progressive rock with socially concerned lyrics in Hebrew.

Ben-Israel was born in Tel Aviv in 1944 and started his musical career while still in the Israeli Defence Forces' Northern Command, alongside future pop stars Gadi Yagil and Koby Oshrat. He had a series of pop hits while still in the army. After leaving the army, he wrote and recorded for films and appeared in several musicals. He toured Europe in 1968 and settled briefly in Austria to record the LP Happy Birthday, Rock'n'Roll. He returned to Tel Aviv in early 1969. He hooked up with guitarist Shlomo Mizrahi, leader of power trio Ha'Bama Ha'Hashmalit and recorded 1970's Bullshit 3¼, one of the first Israeli psychedelic recordings. The album was harshly criticized by the local media and had little commercial success, but has gained a great reputation amongst collectors, being regarded as a "psychedelic masterpiece".

Other notable albums include The Kathmandu Sessions, recorded soon after Bullshit 3¼ for a label that went bankrupt and finally issued decades later.

Ben-Israel died on March 11, 2019, at the age of 75.

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Happy Birthday, Rock'n'Roll
Bullshit 3¼, World In Sound RFR 016LP
The Kathmandu Sessions, Locust LOCUST 047CD
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