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Remembering Moshe Yess of Megama Duo - The other tragic loss at Tucson's Univ Medical Center this week

(Video from 1981 concert in Minnesota - courtesy Yascher)

Chabad OnLine reports:

Moshe Yess, a beloved performer and musician who has entertained audiences around the world, passed away Motzoei Shabbos, considered Shvat 4, 5771.

He was 65 and suffered from cancer.

He was hospitalized earlier this year at University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson, Arizona, and was visited by local Chabad Shluchim, before he underwent recovery treatment.

Yess, known for the song ‘Zaide Made us Laugh,’ lived in Montreal, Canada, for many years after he became a Baal Teshuva and made a living singing and teaching.

He was a member of the Chabad community there and was a regular performer at Chabad House events and shows along with general music festivals and the annual HASC concert.

In addition to performing, Yess produced with Abie Rotenberg animated music videos for children at a time when few were available. Among them were Roburg, Middos Machine and Amazing Torah Bike.

“We used to sing and compose in the early days, but it was Moshe Yess who taught us how to do it professionally,” known composer Yossi Green of New York told COLlive.com in a recent interview.

In fact, a group on Facebook crowned him “the Real King of Jewish Music” noting that “we all know deep down in our hearts that the only truly good Jewish music is the music of Moshe Yess.” The group has 40 members.

He retired from his music career in recent years.
“He was a Jewish music legend that will live on through his amazing work and inspiration,” said California based entertainer and actor Mendy Pellin, who tried in 2007 to convince Yess to hold a tribute to his career but was unsuccessful.

“He had a unique personality of being very funny, yet very intense,” Pellin told COLlive.com. “He was the same person on stage, in conversation, in private and public. People thought he lost it the last 10 years, but that was part of his journey wanting to be 100% living the truth.”

(Email and RSS subscribers should click through to the website to view Moshe Yess' music videos).


Anonymous said...

"I'm gonna live my life and die as a Jew..."

Poor Moshe, so well-intentioned, but ultimately misguided with messianic fervour

May Hashem be generous to him for his good intentions and energetic efforts...


Anonymous said...

"Poor Moshe"?? I'm sorry, but how condescending! He truly personified one who was not ashamed of being Jewish. Nothing was an issue - he never felt the need to "blend in" or keep up with the Jones'. May he have a "Lechtiger Gan Eden".

Unknown said...

he aint misguided fool u must be dumb to not follow!! pay more attention every word he says about messiah is true he is a prophet and his prophecy is real dont believe the things you see theres a hidden side to reality LOOK UP now moshiach is everywhere! (his words) am yisrael chai were never gonna die - jewda maccabi