Artist: Izhar Cohen & the "Alpha-Beta"
LP: 7" single
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As many of you probably already know, the Eurovision Song Contest, which began in 1956, awards a country in or around the European continent a prize each year for submitting the pop song that gets stuck in the largest number of heads for the longest amount of time. Israel won the award in 1978 for Izhar Cohen's catchy "A-Ba-Ni-Bi," which was stuck in more than 783,400 peoples' heads for 77 consecutive hours. Israel has taken the top prize only twice since Cohen's victory in '78—with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey's "Hallelujah" in 1979, and again in 1998 with "Diva" by Dana International. You can find a full list of Eurovision Song Contest winners here and go here to read a bit about singer/actor Izhar Cohen and his Alpha-Beta.