Following last week's programme on IBA's radio, which revealed the original recording of the 1979 Eurovision winning entry from Israel, Hallelujah by Habibi, this version is now available online for listening.
The 1979 Eurovision Song Contest's winning entry from Israel, Hallelujah, was performed by Gali Atari and Milk & Honey. This band was created especially for the contest after the song's original performers, the band Habibi, declined the opportunity to sing it. In 1978 they offered the song to the Israeli national final but wereturned down.In 1979 the song was accepted though Habibi themselves withdrew due to internal conflicts within the band and the Shlomit Aharon's (the lead singer, pictured) accident. Habibi represented Israel in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with Halaila and reached the 7th place.
The original recording of Hallelujah by Habibi is now available for listening on Ynet.co.il. Enter the link and press on the blue-underlined link in the third paragraph of the article. The track includes a short part of the interview with Habibi on IBA's radio last week and then their original version of Hallelujah.