By COLlive reporter
Oded David Graucher, known professionally as Dedi and for his spirited performances as a popular Jewish singer in the 90s, passed away on Monday, 25 Elul 5783.
He was 62.
Dedi began his music career performing back-up vocals for the albums of famous Jewish singer Mordechai Ben David (MBD) in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In 1995, he performed with Ben David at two Sukkos concerts in Israel, one in Haifa that drew 3,000 participants and one at Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv that attracted 10,000 people.
He performed the songs “Hebron” and “Lo Nazuz Mipo” (“We Will Not Move From Here”) on the album Hebron’s Song of Songs.
Dedi collaborated with composers Yossi Green, Rabbi Boruch Chait, Abie Rotenberg, and others for the songs featured on his albums. The music on his albums were arranged by Moshe Laufer, Mona (Moshe) Rosenblum, Suki Berry, Yisroel Lamm (the Neginah Orchestra), and Ruvi Banet.
He became popular with the American crowd when he performed at several HASC “A Time for Music” concerts, including HASC 6 (1993), HASC 15 (2002), HASC 20 (2007), HASC 23 (2010), and HASC 25 (2012).
In 2004, Dedi appeared in concert with Yerachmiel Begun and the Miami Boys Choir for their 26th year celebration, entitled “Miami and Dedi.” The concert was released on CD and DVD. He also appeared on a number of all-star cast albums produced by Suki & Ding, as well as Gideon Levine.
In recent years, he focused more on business but did perform on occasion. His large 60th birthday bash in 2021 showed his vast connections in the musical and business world, including his friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then the opposition leader.
He has been battling cancer since 2018. He is survived by his wife Malka Graucher of Petah Tikva, children and grandchildren.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.