Small Faces 1966

By ’66, The Alex Sutherland Sextet [who moved on to Grampian television] had been replaced with Jimmy Martin Band [before Graeme Nairn took the helm]. There were various female guest singers who worked with the house bands and Alyson Armstrong was singing with them in January that year. Part of the duties of the house band leader was to compose jazzy medleys each week featuring the top of the pops [top 10] hits of the time. Sundays at the dance hall was a discotheque for the younger teen who couldn’t get into the live gigs which was wednesday for over 25, and thursday and saterday nights for over 16. There was also a Beatnic Ball which featured an Aberdeen group called The Facells that year. By May, The Graeme Nairn Band was on the go by May and in June Freddy and The Dreamers and The Small Faces were featured bands at The Elgin Town Hall [which is the larger hall near the Two Red Shoes]. The following month The Yardbirds played the Town Hall venue whilst a variety of beat and jazz bands played at Boots finishing another successful year with The New Jacobeats with music and arrangements by Graham Nairn. Bill Cameron of the Copycats told me that the Small Faces missed a couple of gigs in the north of Scotland which caused a riot at a venue that they were to play with Johnny and The Copycats. I’ve also read that “The Small Faces were advertised to play but they did not turn up & Albert Bonici from Elgin who promoted dances throughout The Highlands successfully sued the bands management for their none appearance.”,1610211&hl=en


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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One comment on “Small Faces 1966
  1. Lovely to read about my mum (Alyson Armstrong, now Sinclair) and her early singing days 🙂

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