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Bonici who began promoting musicians in 1952, introduced many Scottish musicians through LCB Agency and Norco Records [1964-72]. Norco Records Limited was offically established in Elgin Moray, 13 January, 1964, though had already recorded under the Norco label in 1963.
In early 1964, Mr. Bonici paid for studio time for “Johnny and The Copycats to record a “45” in London which consisted of I’m a Hog for You / I Can Never See You . However the first full recording was the TWO RED SHOES Album which included the Alex. Sutherland Band [houseband plus Alyson Armstrong and two Aberdeen musicians [24 Oct 64]. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/two-red-shoes-album-2/
Norco Records last recording was ON THE RISE with the Windy Miller Band [Kenny MacDonald composer]. “Album was recorded on a 4 track tape machine in the foyer of the Red Shoes. Reason for this was we discovered there was to much echo in the hall. The Norco label was already stopped when we recorded and Albert decided to resurrect the label just to release the album.” Kenny MacDonald
Johnny and the Copycats/ My Dear Watson: “As such they made their recording debut in 1963 [with an effervescent version of the Coasters’ ‘I’m A Hog For You’. Under the guidance of local impresario Albert Bonici, the Beatles’ agent in Scotland, the Copy Cats – as they were later known – became a leading attraction along the Moray Firth coast. .” [http://www.allmusic.com/artist/my-dear-watson-mn0001010115/biography] Note: Date of recording unsubstantiated though the song was first recorded by the Drifters in ’59 http://www.leiberstoller.com/Discography.html
Brother-n-law Ugo Ruggeri talked with Albert over coffee at the Park Café on a daily basis. They worked together on various projects and owned a large corner of Elgin’s downtown looking out from the top of the High Street [TWO RED SHOES] and Cooper Park and Cathedral [Park Café side]. There is a little Cross in front of their former offices. “LCB stood for Little Cross Building which is where our offices were and is now Hanson & Robertson. Afraid I don’t know when he stopped recording on the Norco Label and as far as the agency again can’t give you an exact time but the last recording was with the Windy Miller band in ’72.” Another band Bonici managed and promoted, Johnny and The Copycats, recorded on a couple other labels after their first release with Norco.
The Copycats [aka My Dear Watson] were one of Albert Bonici’s premiere groups. He worked with them as teenagers to get their career on track though their album with Elton John was never released. A notation next to The Copycats recording of “I’m A Hog For You” states (25 Units) and value of £23,525. I am not certain if this was the amount of Norco holdings or that he had an enormous back stock of one record. As with many of the materials used for SCOTBEAT, the following stock list is from the Bonici Archives and represents earliest master recordings.
Gordon Hardie worked with Albert Bonici’s Norco Records LTD beginning in 1963 and owned shares in the company, an arm of LCB Agency.
There were several dozen excellent Scottish musicians and vocalists recorded by Norco Records Limited between 1963-66 on ’45’s [single tune on each side]. They were promoted in Scotland through offices in Aberdeen though parent company LCB Agency was operated in Moray’s capital city of Elgin.