Googoosh & Ebi
23/12/2014
GOOGOOSH

Googoosh’s career in the performing arts has spanned 5 decades. Born 5th May 1950 (15th Ordibehesht 1329) in Tehran to parents Saber and Nasrin, Googoosh’s life... was to take a defining path when her parents divorced in 1952 and her father was awarded full custody of the two-year-old child. Saber, an actor and acrobat, took Googoosh to his many performing engagements but before long recognised his young daughter’s natural gift for singing and dancing as it became apparent that her talents eclipsed his own and drew an enthusiastic crowd wherever they went.

By her teenage years, Googoosh was regularly singing in public, putting her own stamp on the songs of established musicians such as Ghazal, Delkash, Elaheh and others. In 1966 she released “Ghesseyeh Vafa” the first of many compositions written specifically for her, on this occasion by the composer Parviz Maghsadi and lyricist Iraj Janati Attai. This was to be the birth-point of a phenomenally successful career that would soon make her a household name and take her around the world, leading to collaborations and performances with artists as varied as Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Charles Aznavour, Silvy Vartan, Sacha Distel, Romina Power, Julien Clerc, Patty Pravo, Emel Sayen and Ajda Pekan. She performed at international music festivals in France, Italy and Tunisia and had a month-long sell out run at the Eifel Tower in Paris in 1971. Googoosh was awarded the Special Cultural Medal of Tunisia in 1973 and was the only Iranian artist signed to European record companies Barclay of France and RCA of Italy. She recorded songs in English, French, Spanish and Italian, widening her reach and appeal to new audiences previously unfamiliar with her work in her native country.
In addition to the hundreds of songs she recorded as part of an established musical career, Googoosh also performed in 25 movies, with each new success eclipsing the previous and drawing unprecedented numbers of audiences to the cinema. In 1973 her acting skills were recognised with a Sepas Award for “Bita”, a film in which she played the title role. Her thespian career began with “Beem va Omeed” in 1957 and continued until just before the Iranian revolution when she starred in “Dar Emtedadeh Shab” which was to be one of the most successful Iranian motion pictures of all time.

Following a 21 year performing ban imposed by the conservative government of Iran (where she continued to live following the 1979 Islamic revolution) Googoosh finally left the country in 2000 to undertake a world tour, re-establishing her status as the most successful Iranian artist of all time. She performed sell-out concerts in prestigious venues such as Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Staple Centre in Los Angeles, Madison Square Gardens in New York, Globen Arena in Stockholm and Wembley Arena in London, amongst many others, and was seen by an audience of over half a million in the space of a year.12 months.

The phenomenal success of these concerts was testament not only to her lasting quality as an artist, but a tribute to generations of Iranians who, despite over two decades of silence, demonstrated their continuing love and loyalty to an enduring star of a bygone era. In turn she rewarded their devotion with proof that she continued to remain relevant to today’s audiences, showing that she is a star not only of the past, but of the present and the future.

EBI

Ebi was born in Tehran, Iran. He was the oldest child of his family and has four sisters and one brother. He started his career as a young teenager ...with a band called the "Sun Boys." Together they made many public appearances with relative success. After a few years he started his solo career with a song called "Attash" for a movie with the same title. He started his own style and from the beginning he showed that he is a talented singer and a star the newly developed Iranian Pop music can depend on. His third song, "Shab" (Night) is the song Ebi himself agrees made him a star. The song's lyrics were written by Ardalan Sarfaraz, one of the Iran's most famous songwriters. The song was first heard by people on Fereydoun Farrokhzad's show, Mikhake Noghreyi. The popularity of Fereydon Farokhzad's show immediately made Ebi very popular for the Iranian people. Ebi was further trained and nurtured by Ms. Mary Yeghyazarian who at the time (mid '70s) was in charge of new talent discovery and development at the Ministry of Art & Culture. Soon he became one of Mary's favorite students because of his talent and ability to learn.

Black Cats

As he became more famous, he met Shahram and Shahbal Shabpareh. The brothers were pioneers in Persian pop music. Ebi and a few members (Guitar player Amir and Keyboardist Jamhoor Esfahani, father of harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani) from the previous group, Sun Boys joined the Black Cats who were already performing in Kochini club. Kochini club was one of the most famous night clubs in Tehran before 1979. Although the group's success was great, Ebi left the group to start his solo career again.

After leaving Black Cats, Ebi released four albums. "Tapesh", "Nazi Naz Kon", "Shab Zade" and "Gole Yakh" became number one hits and made him a real "superstar". His songs became soundtracks of many movies. Ebi won many prizes in singing competitions around the world.

After the Islamic Revolution

Ebi left Iran in 1977 (two years before the Iranian Islamic Revolution which took place in 1979), for a series of concerts in USA. Due to the revolution he made his stay in the States, permanent. He continued his career in Los Angeles with nearly no support but still managed to release many successful albums. Ebi sang many songs related to Iran, many of them with political messages. One of these songs was the famous controversial song, "Khalije Fars" (Persian Gulf) and Beshkan (literally meaning break this was possibly a message towards the revolution). During a concert in Dubai he once refused to sing the popular 'Persian Gulf', despite requests from his audience. Ebi was being sensitive to his Arab hosts and did not want to jeopardize his contract with them. Since many Iranians had boycotted his concerts and he had lost his popularity amongst some Iranians for a short period of time. In an attempt to water down the accusations mounted against him, Ebi sings "Persian Gulf" in nearly all of his concerts to show his support for Iran and the Iranians. He occasionlly Sings Beshkan at select concerts only. Ebi's success in the past has sold out international arenas such as: Universal Amphitheatre, Shrine Auditorium, Greek Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Air Canada Centre, ...

Ebi continues to release successful albums. His latest Album, Hasrateh Parvaz, was another success on his career report card. He has performed at his sold-out concerts for over than three decades. Apparently Ebi has begun his retirement focusing on his family life with a few occasions where he performs around the world. At these performances recently, he is collaborating with new Persian artists as a means for their introduction into the Persian community. Arash as well as Navid & Omidare examples of artists Ebi has already introduced.


Personal life

Ebi was a resident of Los Angeles for many years and continues spend time there due to his career. However, due to personal preference, he now resides in Spain with his wife and travels throughout various other European countries. He has three daughters, Khatoon, Saye and Asal from his first marriage. They are 30, 28 and 26 years old respectively. He married two times and his second wife name is Mahshid. He also has one son, Farshid.