“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 playing music. MEMBERS of a veteran Moray rock band will be hitting the road this weekend to celebrate the release of their latest CD. ‘Now in their 51st year, Johnny And The Copycats have entertained crowds for more than half a century. Consisting of Banff butcher John Stewart and his three bandmates from Buckie – lead guitarist Iain Lyon, bassist Bill Cameron and drummer Rob Lawson –Johnny And The Copycats were big names on the music scene in the 1960s and ’70s. They were due to stage a 50th anniversary tour last year, but ill-health put paid to the plan. However, having already performed a small number of gigs so far in 2013, the band are now ready to promote a recently recorded five-track CD called ‘50 Years On’. The CD will feature four new songs by John Stewart, as well as a cover version of John Haitt’s blues track ‘Memphis In The Meantime’. http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/Features/People-and-Places/Johnny-and-The-Copycats-celebrate-50-years-on-26072013. http://aberdeenvoice.com/2013/12/johnny-copycats-drummonds-aberdeen-7-dec-2013/htm
‘The Copycats made an “impact on the British scene” and were “instigators of soul”… “having been on the brink of national success for three years”. [Progressive, NS- 1July67] During their career, they played with The Beatles, The Kinks, and several other top beat groups of the time. Here’s a “potted history” of the Copycats; http://www.copycats62.co.uk/ http://www.copycats62.co.uk/page6.html
Several of the groups managed by Albert Bonici with guidance of resident band leaders Alex. Sutherland, Jimmy Martin, and Graeme Nairn, were regularly booked in the north of Scotland and paired with up and coming “out of towners” who scored with hit records on the pop charts. Besides bookings on US and UK military bases in Germany and clubs around London, The Copycats who scored a number on in Germany with “Angela”, did dozens of gigs in Scotland along side many of the Beat bands who later became international stars.Besides cutting singles and an unreleased album with Elton John on piano in 1970 [DJM Studios, London], they had also worked with The Easybeats on recordings in ’67 and ’68. Here is a list of guest bands who were billed with the Copycats when they performed around Scotland [as compiled by base guitarist Bill Cameron].
Other posts about the Copycats: https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/bill-ca/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/buckies-beat-boys/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/my-dear-watsonjohnny-and-the-copycats/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/copycats-pack-two-red-shoes/
Exerpt from Fit Like New York? Peter Innes [Aberdeen, Scotland] – for educational use only. https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Fit_Like_New_York.html?id=D6ZPAAAACAAJ