You Really Got Me

The Kinks 1964

By the end of ’63 through ’64, Bonici was booking more pop and beat bands such as The Druids, The Tremors, Johnny and the Copycats, Mike Cadillac and the Playboys, The Silhouttes, Johnny Anger and The Wild Ones, Lulu and The Luvvers, The Animals, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Kinks, Pretty Things, The Rolling Stones, finishing the year with Brian Epstein’s, The Rustics and The Deacons.
Here’s a couple comments from Elgin residents about when the Kinks came to Elgin in ’64:
Lynn: “Was it not The Kinks and they stayed at the City Hotel?”
Alix: “Can’t remember…But I got the Kinks autograph when they opened the teen shop in Benzies….They stayed at Ladyhill Hotel but Mr. McLennan threw them out for making too much noise…LOL”
In X-RAY, Ray Davies/The Unauthorized Autobiography, Ray speaks about playing up and down the UK and coming to Scotland after Terry Blood booked them in the Lake District.
The band were invited “back to a castle by an eccentric Scottish laird who insisted they stay the night and try some 25 year old malt whiskey.” After some drinks, brother Dave was “swinging on a chandelier drssed in full amour and brandishing a sword while the laird looked on in fear for the family treasures.” The next day they played in Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow to a screaming audience as was the case wherever they went. Davies said that after You Really Got Me hit the charts, they were considered a “hot property” and when they returned to Glasgow for Billy J Kramer Package Show, “the audience rioted and ripped seats” until the police interveined.


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in 1960's pop music

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: