Tommy Roe with the Beatles [circa March/1963]

Tommy Roe with the Beatles [circa March/1963]

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/

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My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. 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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