The Churchills

The ChurchillsFrom: Tel-Aviv, Israel

The Churchills (or The Churchills Band) was an Israeli band founded in 1965, active until the mid-1970s. It was a part of the rhythm bands scene that were active in Israel in the 1970s, especially in Ramla. The band played rock music in English, from psychedelic rock to hard rock. It was also active in other countries, under the aliases of Jericho Jones and Jericho. It was one of the first Israeli rock bands.

The band was a leading force in the early Israeli beat scene, but it was their cooperation with Arik Einstein that helped them cross over to the mainstream of Israeli pop and gain recognition. Their collaboration with Einstein proved to be very influential on Israeli rock. It began when the Churchills were invited to work with Einstein on his third solo album Poozy, recorded in 1969. This is considered by many to be the first rock album in Hebrew. The Churchills played on half of the tracks in that album, one of which was a Hebrew version of one of their own songs (“When You’re Gone”). Following Poozy, the Churchills also played with Einstein in his gigs, and continued to play and produce three more albums with Einstein: Shablul (1970), Plastelina (1970) and On Avigdor’s Grass (1971). Contributory to the Churchills’ sound at the time was the joining of two foreign members: Canadian vocalist Stan Solomon and British guitarist Robb Huxley (formerly with The Tornados).

Band members

First Ensemble (1965–1967)
Itzhak Klepter – Guitar
Miki Gavrielov – Bass Guitar
Haim Romano – Guitar
Ami Traibetch – Drums

Second Ensemble (1968–1969)
Robb Huxley – Guitar, Vocals
Miki Gavrielov – Bass
Haim Romano – Guitar
Stan Solomon – Vocals
Ami Traibetch – Drums

Third Ensemble (1969–1972)
Robb Huxley – Guitar, Vocals
Miki Gavrielov – Bass
Haim Romano – Guitar
Dani Shoshan – Vocals
Ami Traibetch – Drums

Fourth Ensemble (1972-1973)
Robb Huxley – Guitar, Vocals
Haim Romano – Lead Guitar
Danny Shoshan – Bass, Lead Vocals
Chris Perry – Drums

Fifth Ensemble (1972–1973) (as The New Churchills)
Miki Gavrielov – Bass
Roni Demol – Guitar
Shmulik Bodgov – Guitar
Ami Traibetch – Drums

Albums

  • 1969 Cherchilim (צ’רצ’ילים, “Churchill’s”) – Tracks: “Open Up Your Eyes”/”Song From The Sea”/”Pictures in my Mind”/”Comics”/”When You’re Gone”/”Strangulation”/”Straight People”/”Subsequent Finale”/”So Alone Today”/”Debka”
  • 1971 As Jericho Jones: Junkies, Monkeys and Donkeys – Tracks: Mare Tranquilitatas / Man in the Crowd / There Is Always a Train/ Yellow and Blue / Freedom / Trangulum / No School to Day / Junkies Monkeys & Donkeys / What Have We Got to Lose / Mama’s Gonna Take You Home
  • 1972 As Jericho: Jericho – Tracks: “Ethiopia”/”Don’t You Let Me Down”/”Featherbed”/”Justin And Nova”/”Kill Me With Your Love”


Singles

  • 1968 “Too Much In Love To Hear” (Gale/Holder)/”Talk To Me” (A-side first recorded by The Tornados)
  • 1970 Churchil Sebastian Bach: Coral for Young Lovers/Double Concerto (צ’רצ’יל סבסטיאן באך: קוראל לאוהבים הצעירים/קונצ’רטו כפול)
  • 1970 “Signs of You”/”Living Loving”
  • 1970 “She’s a Woman”/”Sunshine Man”
  • 1971 “Time is Now”/”Freedom”

 


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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From 1968 album Churchill’s
Churchill's

  • Comics
  • Open Up Your Eyes
  • So Alone Today
  • Song From The Sea
  • Straight People
  • Subsequent Final
  • Where You’re Gone


From 1968 single
Churchills - Too Much In Love To Hear

  • Too Much In Love To Hear