THE WHO 1965

The Who [promotion photo] from Bonici Archives

WHO 600The WHO promotional material sent to AA Bonici [c.Bonici Archives]

The Who [Bonici Archives]

I’ve spoken with several who remember the Who in Elgin, Scotland in 1965 with fond memories

meeting them at the Park Cafe and seeing them on stage at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom. They also played various gigs in Scotland every year afterwards into the early ’70s.

One who was a teenager hanging out in the Park Cafe before their gig remembers when they walked through the door of the popular hang out. “Keith Moon came over and sat on my knee”. The presence of the boys made for good laughs in the cafe until Keith pulled a “stick bomb” from his pocket and tossed it. He may have been the only musician thrown out of the Park Cafe. Bonici introduced the The Who to Elgin and typically advertised though local newspapers. The Who appeared in the Northern Scot [29 April,1965], as a “coming attraction”.

The following site presents The Who tour though below are the Scotland gigs as recorded.

4 September 1964
Kelvin Hall (2 shows)

5 May 1965
City Hall (unconfirmed)

6 May 1965
Two Red Shoes Ballroom

7 May 1965
Raith Ballroom

18 February 1966
Drill Hall (unconfirmed)

18 February 1966
Volunteer Hall

17 June 1966
City Hall

22 August 1966
Odeon Cinema

17 November 1966

18 November 1966
City Halls

9 December 1966
Assembly Halls

“The band played nearly non-stop in 1966, mostly shows in the United Kingdom with several short trips to European countries like Sweden and Germany mixed in. Performances during the early part of the year included material from the My Generation album (released in late 1965) and numerous cover songs; March saw the release of “Substitute”, which would become one of the most performed songs in the Who canon, and “I’m a Boy” (released in August) would also remain in their act for several years. Later 1966 shows would feature material from the A Quick One album, as well as the single “Happy Jack”.”


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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