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.
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