Monthly Archives: May 2014

Meet The Searchers

The Searchers, the Liverpool band who have thrilled crowds in Scotland [1963- present] are retiring in 2019 so check the future dates it you want to see them for a last time. http://www.the-searchers.co.uk/dates The “Meet The Searchers” LP  [which pre-dates

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Helen Shapiro and The Beatles

Helen Shapiro videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TPGlBpvFj8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG5vDXULfWY Helen Shapiro’s music career was from 1961-63 though she was in two music films and headlined for the Beatles in early 1963. “Before she was sixteen years old, Shapiro had been voted Britain’s “Top Female Singer”

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The Silver Beetles In Fraserburgh

http://aberdeenvoice.com/2014/04/band-nearly-never/ The following is a two-part article by Stan Williams. “Stan began his teaching career at Elgin Academy, Morayshire, Scotland until moving to Earlston on the Scottish border as the country’s first Principal Teacher of Modern Studies. In 1975, Stan moved to Fraserburgh Academy as head of

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Bonici business sense

A rival promoter  in his book “Are Ye Dancin’?” referred to Mr. Bonici as a “wide-boy” and sited his contract with The Beatles that gave him exclusive rights to book bands anywhere in Scotland. Others called him shrewd or “cunning” in thinking that Bonici took advantage

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DC5

The Dave Clark Five appeared on “Thank Your Lucky Stars” in October ’63 followed by singing what became a hit, “Glad All Over” in November on Ready Steady Go!. They got their big break on The Ed Sullivan Show in March 1964, lip synching

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Beatles tour contract Nov/’62

Jack Fallon featured The Beatles at a few of his clubs around London https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7x75CQAAQBAJ&pg=PP7&lpg=PP7&dq=cana+variety+agency+London&source=bl&ots=vOtqQN9Uz_&sig=wHf3nhjdf3TtpNLRE9YvpLLDsA0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwilp4XE4N3VAhVoKcAKHZ0OBO4Q6AEITTAF#v=onepage&q=cana%20variety%20agency%20London&f=false The Beatles were playing together as teenagers though they hadn’t settled on their band’s name until 1962. Ringo [Richard Starkey] Starr’s first official performance as part

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Bonici promotional flyers

Here are more flyers Albert printed to promote Scottish bands and a couple bands south of the border who toured north of Scotland. The guitarist in Summerset[far left] was replaced by Ian Fraser whose earliest band was another Elgin band

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