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 Roe medley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWorrmfbuJ0 Beatles in Manchester ’63 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Suf7Wa2keQ
The Beatles were the opening act for Tommy Roe when they went on tour together in March 1963 though they changed the line up to closing act. American performer, Tommy had a hit with Sheila but The Beatles were gaining popularity. “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.” – http://www.goldminemag.com/article/snapshots-tommy-roe-upstaged-in-u-k-by-the-beatles#sthash.cRDsjsEZ.dpuf
Tommy Roe videos: http://mrmedia.com/2014/02/dizzy-hear-1963-when-the-beatles-opened-tommy-roe-video/
1963 – on tour with the Beatles http://www.beatlesinurmston.com/1963_-_What_happened_.html Other Beatles posts: https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/beatles-ad-12-12-62/