Johnny Gentle and the Silver Beetles

Johnny Gentle and the Silver Beetles

Here’s an ad with a photo of Johnny Gentle and George Harrison when they were touring NE Scotland as a back up band in 1960. Prior to 1960, the only “beetles” that people spoke about in Forres was the “Beetle Drive and social evening” that took place there in April 1959. There was a “special prize for the best drawing of a Beetle” though none of them resembled John, Paul, or George…

When “The Silver Beetles” appeared in the north of Scotland as a backup band for Johnny Gentle, they made an impression with the girls who were enthusiastic and apparently torn George’s shirt when they got to Fraserburgh.

Their setlist at the time included a series of cover tunes: It Doesn’t Matter Anymore [Buddy Holly], Raining in My Heart [Buddy Holly], I Need Your Love Tonight [Elvis Presley], Poor Little Fool [Ricky Nelson], I Don’t Know Why But I Do [Clarence Henry], C’mon Everybody [Eddie Cochran], He’ll Have To Go [Jim Reeves].

From Steve Smith, who reports that this is a recently signed print of Johnny Gentle who toured Scotland in May 1960


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, 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. 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.

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