Lebanon lost this week one of its greatest musicians, and one of the last few artists from the Rahbani’s golden era. Elie Choueiri passed away at the age of 84, leaving behind a legacy through his music, plays and shows.
After starting his career in 1960 in a Kuwaiti radio, Choueiri returned to Lebanon and collaborated with the Rahbani brothers and Fairouz in over 25 works during the 60s and 70s including «بياع الخواتم», «دواليب الهوا», «الليل والقنديل», many of which were presented at the Baalbeck festivals. Choueiri also had his own show in the mid 70s with late journalist Sami Ghamika, stood beside Sabah on stage and wrote many songs for Wadih el Safi. One of his most popular songs “Iyyam el Lulu” sparked a dispute between Sabah and Samira Tawfiq.
Choueiri is also known for his many patriotic songs. In 2017, he received the insignia of Commander of the National Order of Cedar in 2017 for his musical career.
Here are some of his most popular songs: