Rolling Stones 1964


Jack Fallon had already been seeking to secure The Rolling Stones on behalf of Albert Bonici when Malcolm Nixon Agency sought to control the planned Scottish programme. The compromise was to use Nixon agent Andy Lothian Jr. to help manage the show.

Early Stones:

AA Bonici had already designed “pop packages” notably the Beatles in Scotland [1963 and ’64] and organized two featuring the Rolling Stones in Scotland [1964 and ’65]. This was the first of two popular performances.

Rolling Stones 1964 [in concert]

Pop package line – up

Freddy and the Dreamers – You Were Made For Me

The Dreamers visit Scotland

Rolling Stones members 1964

Rolling Stones promo photo

Peter and Gordon – World Without Love [McCartney]

Peter Asher knew Paul McCartney as Paul dated his sister. They had a hit with World Without Love

Mark Peters took a mop handle and shook it out a window above female Beatles fans for a laugh as The Beatles were sometimes called “mop heads” by those who didn’t relate to their signature hair styles. Someday:

the Rolling Stones and Freddy and the Dreamers were headliners for this Scottish programme though they considered emerging bands in 1964


Freddy and the Dreamers [back cover of programme 1964]

Still under contract to Albert Bonici, Rolling Stones returned to Aberdeen as part of a another “pop package” and returned after their tour of Australia in ’65


Local BEAT magazines began popping up around Scotland in early 1960s

Local BEAT magazines began popping up around Scotland in early 1960s


Stones '64

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Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica
Keith Richards – guitar, backing vocals
Brian Jones – guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
Peter and Gordon just scored a number one hit when they came to Aberdeen with the Stones. img062img063stones hollies



My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. 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.

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