author, singer-songwriter and violinist from Kibbutz Ayelet
HaShahar, Upper Galilee, Israel, who grew up
playing classical music and kibbutz harvest music and went on to serve in the
married young, and in 1971, she and her husband Louis emigrated to the
U.S. Louis was a recording
engineer and in 1973 he began a creative collaboration with Bruce
Springsteen. They worked
together on The Wild, The Innocent
and The E Street Shuffle and Born
to Run. The Boss employed Suki to sing backing vocals on the song, “4th
of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” and to play the violin on “Jungleland”.
She also toured with the band for six months in 1974 and 1975. Her tenure lasted until 9th
March 1975, and shortly thereafter, the Lahavs
moved back to Israel.
changes would abound. The pair
divorced and Suki entered into a relationship
with Moshe Albalek and they raised a couple of
children together. She also
started going by her birth name, Tzruya, although
she retained her married name of Lahav.
she returned to the music scene, multi-tasking on viola and violin in the
Israeli Kibbutz Orchestra. She
also did some acting and songwriting, penning “Shara
Barkhovot”, a 1990 entry in the Eurovision
Song Contest, and “Tfilat Ha’Imahot”.
1996, her screenplay for a crime drama, Kesher Dam, hit the big screen.
She also wrote a pair of novels, Andre’s
Wooden Clogs and The Swamp Queen
Does the Tango. For a
sampling of her lyrical prowess, check out No Longer the Sea: A
Collection of Tzruya Lahav’s
recordings with The Boss have been immortalized on Born to Run and The
Essential Bruce Springsteen.