ISRAELI ROCK FROM THE 60'S

"Mom is shaving." "Dad is pregnant." Sounds like subjects for a professional seminar in endocrinology. Actually, these are some of the important topics in the history of Israeli rock in Tel-Aviv and its surrounding area; Ben-Avigdor Street, Masger Street, Ramla, Bat-Yam. The clubs included the Calypso, Bar-Barim, the Beatles Club, the Mask, Tiffany's, and more. If anyone ever documents the history of rock music in Israel, they'll be surprised to discover that bands existed as early as 1963, modeled after the Beatles, Shadows, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones. Yet at the same time what they played was original Israeli rock 'n' roll. It wasn't until after the Six Days War (1967) that recording began in earnest. The Fats & Thins, Zoar Seven, Lions and Styles were among the first to record. The Styles were the only band to sing in Hebrew at the '68 Battle of the Bands, where they took third place. First prize went to the New Stars and their lead singer Uzi Fuchs. Fuchs then joined the Styles, and they became known as Uzi & The Styles. "Day & Night" was their first hit (the original was by Manfred Mann [?? - ed.]). Eldad Sherim was in the band at this point, but was later replaced by Eve Ortzik. "Morning Train" appears here in its entirety. "Churchill Sebastian Bach" was the second EP released by the Churchills. It was recorded following a meeting initiated by Noam Sherif of the Israeli Philharmonic. "Choral For Young Lovers" and "Double Concerto" appear here for the first time since 1970. Eddie Shapirovich was the Churchills' keyboard player. The Churchills performed "She's A Woman" (originally by the Beatles) and "Livin' Lovin' Maid" (Led Zeppelin) at the Pop '70 Festival, the self-styled "Israeli Woodstock." The Churchills, Uzi & The Styles, and the Lions were the top Israeli bands in the late 60's. Zoar Levi and the Zoar Seven may previously have been known as the Final Days. "Drums," written by Chanoch Levin, was far ahead of its time and very different sounding when released in 1968. Miki Gavrielov, Chaim Domano, Danny Shoshan, Gabi Shoshan, Meir Israel, Yitzchak Klapter, Eldad Shrim, Chaimon Algrenaty, Gerry Akshtein, Uzi Fuchs, Tzvika Pik [these probably aren't the correct English spellings - ed.] - these are just some of the musicians whose early careers represent the best of Israeli rock music in the 60's. This is the starting point for everything that is done, heard or happening in today's popular Israeli music.

- Danny Karpel Dec. '88

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