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. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/the-beatles-show/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/my-dear-watsonjohnny-and-the-copycats/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/the-copycats/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/buckies-beat-boys/
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 https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/the-beatles-show/ 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”. http://www.rockingscots.co.uk/Watson.htm