Bonici presents: Windy Miller and Johnny and the Copycats

Wendy Miller

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Above: Windy Miller promoting ON THE RISE, Norco Records Ltd

Besides introducing several swing, jazz, and beat bands from the UK and the States, Albert Bonici liked promoted local bands such as The Copycats AKA My Dear Watson and Windy Miller [last group recorded on Norco Records]. Windy Miller [pictured above], failed to get enough airplay from On The Rise [1971] featuring Kenny MacDonald songs. Currently, the band is planning a reunion and  Kenny continues to write and has completed a couple of musicals. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/on-the-rise-windy-miller/

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Though Albert Bonici made an impact to the Scottish music scene, most bands that he recorded only had minor success in the North American market though Johnny And The Copycats [AKA My Dear Watson] gained popularity in Germany. Independent Scottish record labels such as Norco Records and ALP [1966] failed to produce big hits though some musicians had success on larger labels. The Copycats, who toured Germany with other Scottish groups, had their first hit with “Angela” on Cornet rather than less known Norco. In 1963, as The Beatles gained wide attention with their tunes, London and Liverpool were the epicentre for musicians wanting to achieve notoriety and to play for larger audiences. As the post war music industry grew in the UK, it became more difficult to do business in the North of Scotland. The 1960’s were the heydays for beat music in Scotland and Scottish bands and musicians travelled south if they wanted to make a name for themselves. . “In 1970, My Dear Watson were joined by Siggi Slater on keyboards, playing all over the country, including Elgin town hall with D.J. Emperor Rosko. On visits home they played support to the Alan Price Set, the Troggs, Manfred Mann, the Jack Bruce Band, Fleetwood Mac, and Status Quo. But the boys decided to call it a day on Saturday 2nd of September, 1972, playing their last official gig at the Fulmar club, RNAS Lossiemouth.”

“My Dear Watson regularly played in Tain Town Hall in the mid-sixties. My band the Rough Diamonds used to play when they had a break, using their instruments! We were just in our early teens, and back then were more Rough than Diamonds. Ian was a quite brilliant guitar player. They were influenced by The Band, playing a few covers of tracks from Music From Big Pink. The finest thing they ever did was a cover version of Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys. It was so good that we persuaded them to play it three times in one evening. All in all, good guys, and well able to hold their own with all the really famous groups that Albert Bonici brought to Tain in the sixties. Those were the days.” Alex Graham/Rough Diamonds Have You Seen Your Saviour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8uqHZNH1sw

Start Thinking About Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTSIFfAZp_g Before the band recorded as “My Dear Watson” they had a hit in Germany with “Angela” and eventually went back to using the name “Copycats”.

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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 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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2 comments on “Bonici presents: Windy Miller and Johnny and the Copycats
  1. C. Gerrard says:

    Windy Miller continued to play various functions in and around moray and are still playing to this day they are at the moment planning a reunion .

  2. scotbeat says:

    THANKS for the update!

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