Tommy Roe with the Beatles [circa March/1963]

Tommy Roe with the Beatles [circa March/1963]

The Beatles and Tommy Roe who briefly toured together in 1963 and 1964 were both influenced by The Crickets. In 1962 both Tommy and George Harrison were emulating the style of lead singer, Buddy Holly who died in an air plane crash in 1959.

Peggy Sue [Buddy Holly]

Crying, Waiting, Hoping [Beatles]

Sheila [Tommy Roe]

“The Beatles continued their participation in the Tommy Roe & Chris Montez tour during the final week of March 1963. After a rare day off for the Beatles, they resumed with their tour performances on Tuesday, March 26, at the Granada Cinema in Mansfield. This was followed by a Wednesday night show at the ABC Cinema in Northampton and a Thursday evening show at the ABC Cinema in Exeter, Devonshire.  On Friday night, the tour was at the Odeon Cinema in London. Saturday night’s show was at the Guildhall in Portsmith, Hampshire. The final tour performance was on Sunday, March 31, at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, Leicestershire. Towards the end of the tour, Beatles manager Brian Epstein gave Tommy Roe a copy of the Beatles Please Please Me album and a Beatles press kit. According to Roe, he brought the items back with him to the States and presented them to executives at his American record company in New York. After Roe said favorable things about the group, one of the executives placed the album on the turntable to give it a listen. About a minute later, he lifted the needle, removed the disc from the turntable and tossed it across the room. He told Roe to stick to singing and let them be the judge of talent.” Other articles relating to Tommy and The Beatles on tour:

Tommy Roe and the Tremors were one of few American “beat” bands to play north-east Scotland in the early ’60s. They performed at Elgin Town Hall in October 1963. Elgin, the largest population in Morayshire [county] had a population of 17,000. Tommy opened for the Beatles in the UK and the first to open for them a year later when they came to the States. Manchester ’63
Tommy Roe medley: Beatles in
The Beatles were the opening act for Tommy Roe when they went on tour together in March 1963 though they changed the line up and the Beatles closed the show. American performer, Tommy had a hit with Sheila but The Beatles were already gaining popularity in the UK. “Americans Tommy Roe and Chris Montez headlined the tour but after the first performance realized it was impossible to follow The Beatles. Roe said, “It was complete mayhem at the theatre with hundreds of screaming girls rushing the stage like lemmings. They were completely out of control, with only a few theatre staff and usherettes trying to keep some sort of order. How could you possibly follow that?” Subsequently, Roe and Montez agreed to drop down the bill, letting The Beatles close out the shows. The same fate would happen to Roy Orbison on his May 1963 tour when the Big “O,” with great dignity, also dropped down the bill.I spoke with Tommy recently at his home in Los Angeles when he recounted, “I got on very well with The Beatles. Every day began with nonstop questions about everything American. Evidently, their biggest goal was to go to the States.” –
Tommy Roe videos:
1963 – on tour with the Beatles Other Beatles posts:


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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