||January 20, 1990 Los Angeles, USA
||Persian classical Persian Pop
||Taraneh Records Apolon Records Caltex
died at the age of 47 from a heart attack due to a long
and finally fatal battle with hypertension, heart disease
and depression. She never really accepted life in exile
after the upheaval of 1979 in Iran. Her tragic demise came
one day after a great performance at the Casablanca Club
in Albany, California. Hayedeh's health issues were, for
the most part hereditary. Her father died from heart attack,
while also battling diabetes. Her two older brothers also
have died of heart attack. The public fascination with Hayedeh's
personal life, as is true for all great performers, have
attracted a great deal of scrutiny of her private affairs.
However, as is customary, most of Haydeh's so-called trivia
is based on rumor, exaggeration and fantasy. Khosrow Motarjemi,
a Persian IT expert in California, reportedly made a video
of this concert, which was released privately and has reached
the hands of many fans. Hayedeh told people that night,
"The life is like an express train and we have to use our
time... I am going to God's House; who knows what will happen
in future, perhaps I will not be alive tomorrow...". Her
last song of the performance was "Man Mikham Be Khoune-ye
Khoda Beram" ("I want to go to God's House"). The lyricist
of this song, Leila Kasra (Hedieh), died of cancer a few
months before Hayedeh's death.
is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
in Westwood, California.
gravestone in Westwood Cemetry in Los Angeles
married three times and left three children named Kamran,
Keyvan and Noushin Nouri. They all live in the US and are
not active in the music industry.
(also transcribed Haideh or Haydeh; Persian: هایده; (1942 - January 20, 1990) was a Persian pop
and classical singer who died in exile some hours after
one of her performances.
(Masoumeh Dadehbala) was born in the Persian (Iranian) capital,
Tehran. She is the older sister of another famous Persian
career began as a singer on a Tehran Radio program called
Gol-ha-ye Rangarang (Colorful Flowers) directed by
Davood Pirnia. She studied Avaz (Persian vocal music)
with the late violinist and song writer Ali Tajvidi. "Azadeh"
(music by A. Tajvidi, lyrics by Rahi Moayeri) became Hayedeh's
first hit, performed on Radio Tehran with the Gol-ha Orchestra
in 1968. Apalon Records in Tehran released "Azadeh".
and Anoushiravan Rohani at the National Iranian Radio
and TV, Tehran, 1975 (Photo from Persian Weekly Tamasha)
the 1970s Hayedah added Persian pop music to her classical
Persian repertoire. In the course of her career Hayedeh
worked with several songwriters, such as Ali Tajvidi, Farid
Zoland, Anoushiravan Rohani, Sadegh Nojuki, Andranik and
Mohammad Heydari. Prominent lyricists she worked with included
Esmaeel Navabe Safa, Bijan Taraghi, Leila Kasra (aka Hadieh),
Mina Assadi, Homa Mir-Afshar and Ardalan Sarfaraz.
1979 Revolution and immigration to the West
before the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Hayedeh emigrated
to the United Kingdom. She moved on to the United States
in 1982 to continue her career.
1982 until the end of her life, Hayedeh lived in Los Angeles.
The growth of the Persian-American community in Southern
California (due to the increasing number of Persians leaving
Iran after the Islamic Revolution) bolstered Hayedeh's career
in the 1980s. Hayedeh's political and nostalgic songs such
as "Rouza-ye Roshan Khodahafez" ("Goodbye Daylight")
and "Faryad" ("Cry") became very popular with the
Persian exile community. Taraneh Records, Pars Video, MZM
and Caltex Records - four California-based leading Persian
music companies - released most of her songs.
to Prof. Erik Nakhjavani in Encyclopedia Iranica: "Analogues
to Delkash, before her, Hayedeh sang with technical authority
and passionate energy. Her laryngeal control made it possible
for her to produce a series of graceful vibrato and glissando
vocalizations required by the Avaz [Persian vocal music].
She could smoothly pass from the upper reaches of her alto
voice to the lower, fuller, and darker range of the contralto.
This mixture of strong laryngeal strength and learned vocal
technique gave her alto-contralto voice a rare, powerful
resonance and texture in the performance of the Avaz. Furthermore
an acute sense for musical timing, the rhythmic flow of
vocal music, affective musical phrasing, and poetic delivery
enabled her to express and interpret effectively any songs
and Music Videos
cover of Azadeh (Hayedeh's first hit); originally
released as an LP by Apolon Records in 1968 in Tehran,
and re-released years later by Caltex Records in California
the 1980s Hayedeh regularly appeared in programs on the
Los Angeles-based Jaam-e Jam TV founded by Manouchehr
Bibiyan and a few other Persian artists in exile. In addition
to criticizing Iran's fundamentalist régime on the programs,
she also receorded at Jaam-e Jam Studio more than 40 music
videos which were secretly distributed in Iran. Hayedeh
also twice traveled to London and gave two concerts alongside
a complete orchestra (conducted by Farnoush Behzad) at the
Royal Albert Hall. She also once appeared at UCLA with a
Persian instrumental ensemble led by Manouchehr Sadeghi.
She also gave a concert in Israel, home to thousands of
Persian Jewish immigrants.