Crickets and Beetles

“I only saw them on the London Palladium (on TV). He was great! It was
the first time I saw a Fender guitar! Being played! While the singer
sang!! Also the ‘secret’ of the drumming on Peggy Sue was revealed…
live… We did practically everything he put out. What he did with ‘3’
chords made a songwriter out of me!! He was the first guy I ever saw
with a capo. He made it OK to wear glasses! I WAS Buddy Holly.” John Lennon [Mark Lewisohn] As a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Beatles emerged from the Quarrymen as the “Beatals” in the beginning of 1960 and changed the name to  “the Silver Beetles in May before undertaking a brief tour of Scotland as the backing group for pop singer and fellow Liverpudlian Johnny Gentle”

Below: Johnny Gentle photo, adverts, articles from Dingwall research/writer Alan Ross

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

Johnny Gentle photo, adverts, and articles provided by Dingwall research/writer Alan Ross. Some interesting articles about John Lennon having a laugh over developing their group name and  when the “Silver Beetles” used fictitious names in 1960.  Note that the Beatles went through various names in their early days as musicians:

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.
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] though John, Paul, and George didn’t attend when Buddy Holly came to Liverpool. They were part of the Quarrymen . 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.

Crickets early influence before the birth of The Beatles:

Also check out  The Beetles-Beatles doing Buddy Holly tunes : and 1960 rough tracks of the Silver Beetles:






My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, 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. 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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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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