"Sixties" Biography and Line-ups
"Sixties" were born actually in 1984. Musical Producer Yair Shragai
decided that he wanted to have fun doing his army reserve duties, and
what better way than to form a band that plays "Beatles" covers? He
brought in singer/musical director/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Yoel
Lerner, bass player/singer Moti Dichne and drummer Shlomo Hamami, all
well-established musicians at that time,
to join the fun. At that time, "cover" bands were something to be
frowned upon. Nobody saw the sense in playing other people's music. The
band was an
instant success on the army circuit (it's actually better than it
sounds..). Seeing the potential, Moti, Yoel, and Shlomo decided to try
to make a living out of it, while Yair decided to pursue his musical
production career. He still plays with the band occasionally for fun...
played the Israeli pub circuit for half a year, achieving fame and
fortune. (Well, not really, but managed to stay above water..)
Year's Eve, 1985, they were invited to play a show at the newly opened
King Solomon's Palace, in the resort town of Eilat. The success was
immense, so much so that
they eventually played there , first weekly, then monthly, for a period
10 years, adding another member to the group - Lead guitarist
/songwriter Shlomo Mizrachi, one of Israel's foremost rock
guitarists, just back
from Holland after living and playing there for 8 years. The "Yacht
became world- famous , and people came from all over to see
play. At this point, the band began playing covers of other 60's
and covered some early 70s material as well. This line-up lasted till
when Shlomo Mizrachi decided to leave the band to pursue a solo career.
three members recorded a CD of various cover versions of famous 60s
songs, with Yoel taking on the role of lead guitarist/musical producer
as well. The Managing Producer ot the recordings was none other than
Yair Shragai, who formed the group..
The band played
for a while with alternating lead guitarists, till they were joined by
Haim Romano in the spring of 1990. Haim , one of Israel's leading
session guitar players,
was a member of the famous Israeli heavy-rock group "The Churchills",
saw some success in the early 70s in the UK as "Jericho Jones", playing
to bands like "Led Zeppelin".
upon Haim's arrival, the band began to see some success. They
on most of the top local TV shows, and moved on from mostly playing in
to the more lucrative company parties and bigger venues.
changed in the middle of 1991, with the joining of lead
guitarist Itzik Bader, after Haim left to play with Yehuda Poliker, a
famous Israeli singer/guitarist/songwriter.
May of 2000, drummer Shlomo Hamami left, to be
replaced by Eli Haddad of the successful "Benzine"
band, (whose lead singer and songwriter was Yehuda Poliker, who later
had a great solo career, and took Haim Romano with him..). In 2008, Eli
left the group to reunite with Poliker, and released a
solo album of Poliker songs in 2016. Eli was replaced by Yechiel Braver, who
left after a year.
In the beginning of 2010, the band welcomed not one but two new
members. Noted drummer Jean-Paul Zimbris of "Natasha's Friends" (played
with many top artists as well) and for the first time, a keyboard
player, Eyal Klein who has been playing with blues guitarist Ronnie
Peterson. Many new songs were added to the already vast repertoire as a
Lead guitarist Itzik Bader left the band in 2015 for health reasons.
Yoel Lerner took over solo guitar duties as well, and the band went
back to being a quartet.
Jean Paul left in late 2016, to be replaced by returning drummer Eli Haddad.
The current line-up of the band is Yoel Lerner (Guitars, piano,
vocals), Moti Dichne (Bass, vocals), Eyal Klein (keyboards and hat) and
Eli Haddad (drums and vocals)
the band has gone back to its roots playing in crowded pubs, alongside
university/company/TV/overseas circuit and holding some major concerts
featuring symphonic orchestras such as the 72 piece Jerusalem
Symphonic Orchestra and the Symphonette Raanana.