Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Beatles Show

After backing Johnny Gentle and club gigs in Hamburg and Liverpool, the band began touring as “The Beatles” the name agreed upon in December 1960. Ringo joined the group in mid ’62 and shortly after, promoter Epstein sent a group

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Scottish tours ’64/’65

There were summer music events in tents in Scotland the 1960s but promoters were weary of health issues  because of the lack of cleaning facilities. Alternatively, promoter Albert Bonici rented large halls for popular venues from the Highlands to Aberdeenshire though many talented folk continued to play in

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Copycats pack Two Red Shoes

The Copycats were promoted by Albert Bonici at the end of 1962 when they first took on the name “Johnny and the Copycats” [John Stewart wrote most of their original material though Billy Cameron wrote for the group as well]. Here are

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The Beatles come to Scotland

When Brian Epstein took his life in ’67, Albert Bonici commented, “Brian was a charming man. His death came as quite a shock”. Besides using Jack Fallon https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/fallonbonici/ as a go-between, Albert had met with and spoke with Brian Epstein

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Scottish Beat

Brian Hogg looks at the collectable Scottish beat singles issued in the mid-sixties

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THE COPYCATS

  “Travelled far and wide to listen to Copy Cats/ My Dear Watson. Wish i could see them again.” Kate Reid [former resident of Morayshire] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mim6BmmfnjE “Here’s the popular Buckie group, The Copycats, in Elgin, 50 years after they started

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Alex Sutherland band

https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/two-red-shoes-album-2/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/two-red-shoes-ballroom/ This was the first house band for the Two Red Shoes. Jimmy Martin took over when Alex moved on to Grampian Television where he served as a music director and arranged music.  Perhaps the most well known women singers

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