Scottish Beat February 1964

Scottish Beat February 1964

As was Albert Bonici, Andy Lothian jr was on friendly terms with Brian Epstein by 1964.

As was Albert Bonici, Andy Lothian jr was on friendly terms with Brian Epstein by 1964.

Scottish Beat was a published by Malcolm Nixon Agency Ltd. who promoted bands in London and Dundee. The editor was Andy Lothian Jr, a young promoter who according to Mr. Lothian, accompanied Albert Bonici to NEMS in Liverpool when AA Bonici signed The Beatles with exclusive rights in Scotland [though later reversed the clause in renegotiation]. Having connections with the two largest music promotion businesses in Scotland gave him an opportunity to finance the fan magazine with music advertising [20,000 copies]. This February ’64 publication announced The Beatles coming show in Edinburgh, Wednesday 29 April 1964 besides promoting venues and bands performing throughout Scotland.
Of course, The Beatles were on everyone’s lips at the time as they performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in the US after captivating fans all over Europe.

In April ’64, The Beatles performed at the ABC Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland and two on the following night in Glasgow, which were jointly promoted by Brian Epstein and Albert Bonici. The last booking in Scotland took place on 19 October 1964. The seventh date of The Beatles’ 1964 British tour took place at the ABC Cinema in Edinburgh and was first of three consecutive nights in Scotland. []

Their set throughout the tour contained 10 songs: Twist And Shout, Money (That’s What I Want), Can’t Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.
The support acts on the tour were The Rustiks, Sounds Incorporated, Michael Haslam, The Remo Four, Tommy Quickly and Mary Wells, and the compère was Bob Bain.


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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