Dave Berry and beat ballads

Dave Berry, a British pop singer, was among the popular acts who played in Elgin at the Two Red Shoes in the mid ’60s. Berry came from Sheffield and began singing with local groups in 1960. He adopted his stage-name in deference to US rocker Chuck Berry after he joined the Cruisers in 1962. Playing hard driving R&B (in sharp contrast to many of his later hits) Berry and his group became a regular attraction in the city’s clubs, including a residency at the Esquire Club. On these date they were sometimes joined by another young Sheffield singer, Joe Cocker. http://www.geocities.com/~fabgear/berry.htm Dave Berry and the Cruisers were listed in 1963/64 edition of International PHOTO-CAST though not pictured.

The break came for Berry and his band came after playing a club in Doncaster. Mickie Most was in the audience and, suitably impressed, he arranged for them to record a demo tape, which in turn led to a recording contract with Decca Records in 1963.

Here’s a version of Little Things that was a hit for him in the States in 1965.



Dave Berry performing

Dave Berry performing

Here are a few of the other beat ballad to perform in Elgin and around NE Scotland;

The Viscounts – July 12, 1962 – note: including Gordon Mills, who wrote for andmanaged Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Viscounts_(British_band)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrGNWeL004Q

The Tremeloes –

[Silence is Golden]
The Marmalade –

[Reflections Of My Life]
The Moody Blues –

[Nights in White Satin]
The Searchers –

[Needles And Pins]
Gerry & The Pacemakers –

[Ferry Cross The Mersey]
THe Hollies –

Just One Look
My Dear Watson – http://mp3monkey.net/mp3/My_Dear_Watson.html Elusive Face


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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