THE CHURCHILL DOWNS - 'Don't Turn The Light Off' (Shadoks Music 137) 2011
One of the highlights of 2011 was Shadoks LP (limited to 500 copies) release of unreleased tapes by The Churchill Downs who were a popular and hip group in Hollywood during 1967-68. The group even became the house band at the famous Gazzari's, a notorious club on the Sunset Strip.
For whatever reason, The Churchill Downs failed to secure a recording contract with any label and the music they laid down with producer Gary Paxton during late 1967 to mid 1968 remained unheard. The earlier recordings are great but as '67 became '68 the psychedelic direction and some of the line-up had changed to a more soul rock sound.
The stand out is the Strawberry Alarm Clock influenced 'Don't Turn The Light Off', co-written by Don Adey who went onto record an album as Jamme with Keith Adey and some of Hollywood's finest session players, including Larry Knetchtel and Jim Gordon.
THE CHURCHILL DOWNS - Don't Turn The Light Off