IN PHOTOS: Life of Egyptian singer Abdel-Halim Hafez

Sherry El-Gergawi, Monday 30 Mar 2015

On the 38th anniversary of the death of Egyptian singer Abdel-Halim Hafez, Ahram Online republishes photos exploring the life of the late music icon

Renowned Egyptian singer Abdel-Halim Hafez was born on 21 June 1929, and died on 30 March 1977.

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The child Abdel-Halim with his elder brother Ismail.

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Playing cards with the musician Baligh Hamdi and the Egyptian actor Omar Sharif in London.

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Abdel-Halim sitting on the floor and eating lettuce for the last time, after his doctor instructed him not to eat it again.

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The prominent singer Farid El-Atrache feeding Halim at a party.

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Halim with the Egyptian football player Saleh Salim raising three fingers as a symbol of the three goals Al-Ahly team scored at a match.

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Abdel-Halim was known as the Nightingale El-Asmar. Here he is singing with the Egyptian singer Ahmed Adaweyah.

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Abdel-Halim  trying to fix his car in the street; in the background the Nile is visible.

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A photo of Abdel-Halim using a searchlight during an air raid in war time.

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The famous actress and singer Soad Hosni serving a piece of cake to Abdel-Halim.

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Abdel-Halim playing guitar at the wedding of famed guitarist and movie star Omar Khorshid.

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Abdel-Halim Hafez in a wheel chair with Baligh Hamdi during  the rehearsal of a song of his.

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Abdel-Halim with the famous Saudi singer Etab in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, in 1975.

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Abdel-Halim recording his only radio series in 1973. It was directed by Mahmoud Awad, and included actors Adel Imam and Emad Hamdi.

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Abdel-Halim greets legendary singer Um Kulthum.

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From the right, journalist and democratic political activist Fekry Abaza, Abdel-Halim Hafez, colloquial poet Salah Jahin and leading journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal.

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Abdel-Halim laughing and Farid El-Atrache clapping while watching the dance of famous belly dancer Nagwa Fouad. Film and television actor Kamal El-Shennawi and actress Laila Fawzy are also shown in the photo.

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Abdel-Halim playing with a baby.

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The singer wearing socks.

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Abdel-Halim with the Egyptian monologist Mahmoud Shokoko and media icon Amal Fahmy, who discovered the singer in her famous programme On the Corner. She also  appeared with Abdel-Halim in his film Nights of Love in 1950.

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The singer talking on the phone while the prominent singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab holds his oud, waiting to start the rehearsal.

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A visit from the famous female singer and actress Sabah, who was known as Al-Shahroura (the Singing Bird), Farid El-Atrache and singer Moharam Fouad‬ to Abdel-Halim during his illness, showing him an article about him in the newspaper.

All photos courtesy of Ahl Misr Zaman on Facebook. 

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