Crickets and Beetles

Johnny Gentle tour with the Silver Beetles [1960]

  • 20 May – The Town Hall, Marsh Hill Alloa
  • 21 May – The Northern Meeting Ballroom, Church Street, Inverness
  • 23 May – Dalrymple Hall, Seaforth Street, Fraserburgh
  • 25 May – St Thomas’ Hall, Chapel Street, Keith
  • 26 May – The Town Hall, High Street, Forres
  • 27 May – The Regal Ballroom, Leopold Street, Nairn
  • 28 May – The Rescue Hall, Prince Street, Peterhead

Notes/clippings from Dingwall researcher Alan Ross. Clippings above: John Lennon having a laugh over developing their group name The Beatles. Paul goes by “Paul Ramon” and George chooses “Carl” as a fan of Carl Perkins. The Beatles actually went through various names to begin with: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LDUuIm74pdMC&pg=PA3&lpg=PA3&dq=The+Crickets+and+Beetles+bands&source=bl&ots=YQIVs6nYvj&sig=SD6fyxKiAGHgnbumLXOuy3DmcnU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiX_oPjq-PTAhXrJsAKHUb_BPUQ6AEISzAF#v=onepage&q=The%20Crickets%20and%20Beetles%20bands&f=false

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfj6MTFoAJw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj8HLPIP1SA

Whilst there weren’t many up and coming US groups willing to play the small venues, Gene Vincent was booked at the Two Red Shoes and other small towns in NE Scotland in ’61. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/gene-vincent/http://www.spentbrothers.com/european-tour-dates/1961
Like Gene, Buddy Holly and the Crickets influenced a lot of young musicians in the UK in 1958 when they toured England and Scotland [Glasgow and Aberdeen]. The Beatles were part of the Quarrymen when Buddy Holly played in Liverpool and were inspired by the band. With George Harrison’s vocals, the Beatles sounded a lot like the Crickets in some of their covers from ’62 when they left the Quarry Men to form the Silver Beetles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nboF55Mj0X4

Crickets early influence before the birth of The Beatles: http://www.aaronkrerowicz.com/beatles-blog/the-influence-of-buddy-holly-on-the-beatles

Also check out  The Beetles-Beatles doing Buddy Holly tunes : http://www.beatlesebooks.com/words-of-love and 1960 rough tracks of the Silver Beetles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irDcoXGaAsY

https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/johnny-gentle-and-the-silver-beetles/

https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-silver-beetles-1960-part-1/

https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/silver-beetles-part-2/

https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/the-silver-beetles-in-fraserburgh/

https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-beatles-first-visit-to-scotland/

 

 

 

 

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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 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. 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 https://scotbeat.wordpress.com 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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One comment on “Crickets and Beetles
  1. scotbeat says:

    A US presenter in summer of ’63 thought that the name “Beatles” meant “beat-nic” in the UK.

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