Cream 1967

1967 was the end of an era for successful beat bands to play at the Two Red Shoes. During the year, guest bands who gained international success included The Young Bloods, Cream, Yardbirds, and The Pink Floyd. The beat sounds were blending with various styles including “psychedelic rock” and blues. Whilst groups like the Grateful Dead, Mobey Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane, kept us entertained in San Francisco, British blues and beat bands like The Yardbirds, The Moody Blues, The Pink Floyd, Cream, The Who, The Pretty Things, The Beatles, and Small Faces [who later became The Faces (with Rod Steward), were experimenting with sounds dubbed psychedelia during the “hippy” movement.</

When Cream did their early Scottish tour in July 1967, they had been working on recordings for “Disraeli Gears” to be released in November ’67.’c&#8217;.htm#Cream_  The support band when they performed a gig at Dunfermline’s Kinema Ballroom was the local band, The Shadettes, who went on to form Nazareth from two of it’s members after disbanding [December 1968]. They had been performing regularly at the ballroom and had shared a bill with Cat Stevens a few months earlier [19Feb67].

from “Bygone Dunfermline”


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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2 comments on “Cream 1967
  1. […] “Had the pleasure of supporting Cream at The Ballerina Ballroom in Nairn on a Monday night in June, 1967 when I played with the T-Set. They were scheduled to play the Saturday before but I think they had problems with their equipment not turning up so Albert Bonici re-scheduled them on the Monday night in Nairn and got us to support them. Great band and 3 fantastic musicians.” Fred McDonald […]

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