Copycats pack Two Red Shoes

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 the posts I’ve written about AA Bonici’s most promoted band.

Copycats recall swinging sounds of the Sixties.. The Copycats packed the Two Red Shoes back in the 60s. Eric Clapton, on the other hand, said, “last time I played with the Yardbirds [in Elgin] it was rough. They just came to fight, not to watch us and they booed you of stage.” In The Beatles in Scotland, Moira Loveland, who worked in the office of the dance venue, is quoted “The Two Red Shoes then [early 60s] was really all about jazz. It was so unusual to have a guitar line-up at the Two Red Shoes.” Besides the Beatles, several musicians that Bonici hosted in  NE Scotland were trailblazers for new styles of music though met with mixed reactions, depending on the crowd. The disadvantage of “beat music” was getting air play. BBC didn’t take to pop music and especially songs like “Wild Thing” [Troggs 1966]. Bill Cameron told me how things were before 1967 when BBC began to play music young people wanted to hear on a regular basis. One option for bands to get their tunes played outside a dance hall, record store or from a local jukebox, was “pirate radio” broadcast from tall aerials on ships at sea. Until the government stepped in, they were within their rights to broadcast offshore and folk and popular music were played besides BBC’s big band broadcasts and what Bill referred to as “house wife music”.  When the Beatles began to “make waves” it was thanks to Radio Luxembourg which could be heard in Scotland, usually between 7-11 PM each night. “They played the top 20 singles sold and more”.  Love Me Do was number 17 when The Beatles [including Ringo Starr] began touring around the north of Scotland and The Copycats were looking forward to doing a New Year’s Dance with them in Keith [2Jan93]. They were disappointed when there was a “no show”. See though got another chance to play with the group in the following year.

Johnny and The Copycats [aka My Dear Watson] spent their teenage years and beyond constantly performing though getting airplay proved difficult though they had a German pop hit, “Angela”.




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.

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