Avigail "Gali Atari (Rehovot (Israel), 29 december 1953) is an Israeli actress and singer, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 as then-vocalist of the pop group Milk & Honey.


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Gali Atari was born in Rehovot, where she grew up in a family with seven children. The family lived in a poor district. She herself was the afterthought. Her parents were fromYemen. Her mother, Naomi, was 12 years old when she married and 14 when her eldest daughter, Yona Atari, was born. Her father, a chazan, died when Gali was four years old.

Mother Naomi's priorities layers at the education of her children. They themselves knew what to complete courses and became a social worker. Her children learned hard, despite the poverty at home. Gali spent a portion of her childhood in boarding schools and completed high school in Tel Aviv, while they lived at her oldest sister. Yona was by now a well known singer and actress. Her sister Shosh Atari was compared to the radio and television (and later also the lyricist of at least two of Gali songs).

Beginning of the career[Edit]Edit

When she was 15 years, Shosh took care to meet with the conductor and Editor David Criwosheof pop music, which impressed by her voice touched. He took care of some recordings, including the English-language song Give live. Gali wanted to be DJ during her military service. They passed the exams, but there was no place free. Eventually they saw military service. They did to some festivals with it, took out a second prize, took some songs on, but her career took off.

The first breakthrough came in 1978. They participated in the national song contest, was third, and released her first album. The album became a success. They acted in the feature film Halahaka about an army band. Songs from the film were included in the plate. They also pointed a offer to take part in the later successful pop group Laya (a follow-up group of Kaveret).

Hallelujah with Milk and Honey[Edit]Edit

The following year, 1979, came the international break-through. She did again participated in the national song contest, along with three male singers, under the name "Gali and Milk and Honey". Their song wasHallelujah. They won the national festival and the Eurovision Song Contest of 1979. The festival took place in Jerusalem because Izhar Cohen also won the previous year for Israel. The song was recorded in many languages and Gali Atari and Milk and Honey toured Europe intensively. Atari also played In 1979 in the popular film Dizengoff 99. Gali Atari and Milk and Honey brought a album, half in Hebrew, half in English.

In 1980, during the work on the second album, Gali Atari stepped from Milk and Honey after disagreements with the producer of the band, Shlomo Zach. The album was completed with the second singer of the band,Lea Lupatin, although there are also songs with Atari in stand. There followed some lawsuits, particularly the rights were an important case about Hallelujah. The rights lie with Milk and Honey, that continued with other singers.


Gali Atari made a successful career as a solozangares, in which she scored many new hits. Her solo career is now mainly focused on the Israeli market. Initially she took two rock albums on, but her later albums are closer to soul. She worked with many prominent lyricists and musicians, including Corinne Allal. In addition she continued acting, in films and on television.

Gali Atari is divorced and the mother of a daughter, Li.

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