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Photo courtesy of Al Menashe

MOHAMMED EL-BAKKAR, idol of the Middle Easterners abroad and in the United States, was a featured star in the cast of the Broadway hit Fanny for two and a half years. As the leading tenor of the Orient, he has a long list of other distinguished achievements to his credit, including command performances for former King Farouk of Egypt, for his successor, Major General Mohammed Naguib, for King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia and the Shah of Iran. As actor he has appeared in 32 motion pictures which he himself produced and directed, and has numerous television and radio appearances to his credit. Bakkar came to this country a few years ago for a sixth concert tour, and liked it so much he decided to become a citizen. He has filled engagements in major eastern cities and has been acclaimed enthusiastically everywhere. In leisure hours, when he isn't giving a professional performance, he has entertained Syrian, Lebanese, Turkish and Persian compatriots the world over.

Photo courtesy of Ray

Mohammed El-Bakkar died in 1959 at the age of 46 due to a cerebral hemorrage and thanks to El-Bakkar fan, Phyllis LaVietes, we present a rare find! She was kind enough to send us a scan of the actual newspaper clippings of this tragic event!

Photo courtesy of Ray
El-Bakkar backstage during his run in the Broadway Musical, Fanny.

Photo courtesy of Ray
El-Bakkar and his band.

Photo courtesy of Ray

Photo courtesy of Ray
Ray’s mother was part of the El-Bakkar band. She can be seen third from the right in the second row.

Photo courtesy of Ray Rashid
El-Bakkar was a friend of the Rashid family. Here we see him exchanging gifts with the family and friends. We see a young Ray sitting at the base of the tree with his parents and family friends.

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