Eddie Le Pard and The Leopards

Eddie Le Pard and The Leopard

Eddie Le Pard and The Leopards were among the local bands featured at the Two Red Shoes, Elgin. According to drummer, Jim Skinner [who replaced Sonny Johnston in ’64], there was only a demo made of the Leopards by Albert Bonici [Norco Records]. It will appear here at a later date if found among the Bonici Archives. Also, I am currently gathering personal info about Eddie Le Pard for a future update.
Pictured above: Eddie [in the middle] was born in the late 1940’s and died in Aberdeen, Scotland though grew up in Elgin. Band members [L to R] include Frazer Armstrong on keyboards & amp; harmonies, Alan Rodgers on bass guitar & amp; harmonies, Eddie lead vocals, Chic Ralph on lead guitar, and Sonny Johnston on drums.p>

chic ralph obituary northern-scot, elgin 13 feb 2015

chic ralph obituary
northern-scot, elgin 13 feb 2015

Chic Ralph [Obituary above] was known for his talent playing a steel guitarist with Mosaic [seen below performing at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom] He later recorded with Spey Valley Trio [1975 Grampian Records Ltd, Wick Scotland]. The first was “Whispering Hope” followed by Sing Me Back Home – The group featuring Mike Spence vocals with Frank Coutts [rhythm guitar] , Chick Ralph [steel guitar], Brian Henderson [lead guitar], and John Hunter [drums]


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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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19 comments on “Eddie Le Pard and The Leopards
  1. Diane Cameron says:

    Drummer was not Rob Lawson but Sonny Johnston

    • scotbeat says:

      Thanks Diane… I know little about this group but Albert B. kept this great photo in his file. Do you have any thoughts/recollections about the band? Its too bad there’s not a recording available.

  2. Stephen says:

    No idea who the group is in the last picture but Chic Ralph is definitely not in the photo.

    • #scotbeat says:

      Thanks Stephen! It was suggested that it was Chic but I’ve deleted the last photo since it wasn’t certain who the group members were… If you’ve more info about Chic or other band members of the Leopards, please share as I wasn’t in Scotland at the time. Cheers, David

  3. FRANK GRAGG says:


    • #scotbeat says:

      Very cool… do you remember any of the tunes they played? I heard that they went to Germany with the Copycats but have no idea of what they did together. Am not sure if there is a recording anywhere but would be good if you’re able to scan and send the photo. cheers, David

  4. Doug McArthur says:

    I was searching for info on and old band mate of mine, Kid (Alan Rogers. We recorded and performed under the name Kid Rogers and the Henchmen. And found your sites article on “Eddie Le Pard and The Leopards” Kid had told me about this band and performing in Germany around the same time as the Beatles. Anyway I can’t thank you enough, for the info on his early music history, as I have experienced the rest of it. Cheers
    Doug McArthur

  5. James N Skinner. says:

    I am Jimmy Skinner and was the drummer with EDDIE LEPARD AND THE LEOPARDS when we did a 3 x month tour of what was then WEST GERMANY. We only had 3 x nights off and travelled many miles between each venue . That was in the autumn of 1964. The Copycats and The Jacobeats were there too but only for 1 x month. We played American, NATO and British army bases as well as many night clubs and a few larger gigs . Once we played along with around 8 x other British groups and for a few numbers we All took the stage at the same time jamming together. There was a dance audience of around 4000 , yes 4000 people attending and was FANTASTIC fun. The German audiences were always very appreciative and in our time over there we were made to feel famous. We were asked to return after Xmas for a recording session and more dates but the 3x other guys were engaged to be married and I was outvoted and we didn’t go !!! HUGE mistake !!! Previous comment from Mr. Bragg …. I was the drummer that night at the Celle NATO Base . I appreciate your comment ! Thanks !

    • scotbeat says:

      Hiya Jimmy, great to hear from you! If you wish to comment on any subjects relating to the subject matter, please do. EDDIE LEPARD AND THE LEOPARDS made a lasting impression for a lot of people and am glad that to have the opportunity to learn about a group fondly remembered around Scotland and Germany. All I had were photos in a box to start with but Eddie and the Leopards have been mentioned several time to me [even in the last few days] since beginning my research into the beat era. It would be great if someone came up with a recording.
      Btw, If you’ve any memoriablilia to share you can send it to david.dills@yahoo.com

    • Eric Anderson says:

      Hi Jim,
      Just finished reading your story about playing with the Leopards and thought I would just remind you about your time playing with the Sandstormers. The only contact with any of the group has been recently playing golf with Jim Wills brother Ian who I understand has the chemist shop in Inverurie sadly Jim died some years ago.I have occasionally bumped into Sandy but not for some years.
      Eric (Bass player of sorts)

  6. James N Skinner. says:

    Thanks, David, I am very new to this method of communication but my daughter will help me in that department. Meantime I can tell you the only official recording was a demo tape for German impresarios recorded in an empty TWO RED SHOES dancehall in Spring of 1964 by the famous Alex Sutherland . We did a couple of numbers but , for the life of me, I can’t remember which ones. Because there wasn’t enough work to remain fully professional we broke up in 1965 and I reluctantly returned to finish my apprenticeship with British Rail at Inverurie Loco Works and in 1967 I joined the police force locally. Jim.

  7. James N Skinner. says:

    Did not know that Alan Rogers joined the Jacobeats in 1965 after the Leopards disbanded. I wonder what he looked like wearing full Highland dress? I am as proud a Scot as anyone else but I have to tell you that some of the other bands used to poke gentle fun at them because they looked a bit odd while so dressed and playing pop music. I’m sorry, but that is how it was at the time.

    In early ’65, Deirdre Cameron of the Jacobeats became Alan’s girlfriend and sometimes accompanied us in our van on our way to dance dates. We could hardly ever see Deirdre’s face as Alan’s head was always stuck to the front of it. Anyway, who could blame him as she was a very pretty girl !!!

    Jim Skinner (Leopards).

  8. Fred Jefferies says:

    I went to school Eddie Leppard Jim do you remember Flash, and Jeff, from Keith.
    good to hear about the band again .Jeff

  9. Jim Skinner. says:

    Hey, Jeff, of course I remember you ( as Frank Infield once memorably sang). It was your motor bike on one of our promo photos ! The also unforgettable Robert(Flash) Longmore who drove us to our gigs post Germany tour. Hope you also recall Nita Keith and ‘Billie’ Mackenzie from Lochee, Dundee ? Aaaah ! They were good times ! Before I learnt from the marvellous David Dills , that all the others had died , I often imagined that somehow, sometime the band would get together again and recreate that little bit of 60,s atmosphere we once enjoyed,but,alas, never to be !

    Thanks for your company !
    Jim Skinner.

    • scotbeat says:

      I really don’t understand why Eddie decided not to gig with The Leopards after a successful tour in Germany. Those who saw the band live in Scotland, loved the group though they didn’t secure a recording contract. When Mr. Bonici was managing the group, he likely wasn’t pleased about Eddie’s “rock & roll” lifestyle but it shouldn’t have been an issue. Also, Rae’s accidental death was a great loss considering his potential.

  10. Fred Jefferies says:

    Hello Jim
    God you have a good memory,
    Flash is still in Keith I see him every so often
    I am in Aberdeen, But I still fondly remember Eddie and all the rest of the lads.
    Where are you now.
    All the best

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