Beatles tour contract Nov/’62

7 nov 6213 nov 62

beatles signed contract


Jack Fallon featured The Beatles at a few of his clubs around London 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 of the Beatles was at Port Sunlight, England [18aug62], and the reformed band under direction of George Martin and Brian Epstein, kicked off 1963’s year of touring with a five day jaunt in the north of Scotland. London-based Jack Fallon of Cana Variety had already booked them in a few clubs around London, when he arranged a booking for Albert Bonici for a short tour in Scotland beginning with a New Years’ Dance in Keith to be supported by the newly named teenage band “Johnny and the Copycats” of Buckie [aka My Dear Watson]. Unfortunately, the Buckie boys who heard “Love Me Do” on Radio Luxembourg, were disappointed as the roads were covered in snow and the Copy Cats missed their first opportunity to play with a band they admired. The next day, however, the show went on with their Two Red Shoes performance in Elgin [supported Alex. Sutherland’s Two Red Shoes house band.

Beatles – One After 909 [1962 – Liverpool] and relate to the imfamous start of The Beatles tours in 1963.


Above is a reproduction of the first contract signed by Brian Epstein and Albert Bonici [1962] and advert  [Northern-Scot circa 12-12-62] as The Beatles [with Ringo Starr] were to embark on their first tour of Scotland. The booking was handled through Jack Fallon at Cana Variety Agency in London. Albert Bonici who began promoting bands with London contact Tito Burns, had been working with Jack Fallon since the late ’50s. Besides paying attention to record sales and word of mouth, Mr. Bonici also purchased a talent cateologue for promoters to find acts available in the UK . In 1962, Albert  was concerned about a rival agency Malcolm Nixon who had begun pushing acts into the north of Scotland. He wrote to Jack that he may have to offer 10 day tours instead of 5 which became the case in 1963. He also added a clause that gave him rights to represent return acts in Scotland which included The Beatles to the she grin of his rivals. However, in the course of renegotiating the Beatles return to Scotland, Albert agreed to dismiss the clause after Brian Epstein agreed to having Mr. Bonici’s young band, The Copycats, on the bill for The Beatles Show. Brian continued to let Albert oversee the Beatles gigs in Scotland.

The first Beatles mini tour of Scotland was to begin in Keith and finish in Aberdeen but didn’t happen as planned as the snow delayed them and they first played at the Two Red Shoes, Elgin on the 3rd. The New Year’s Dance went on with Johnny and The Copycats, the support group managed by Albert Bonici. Also, the Elgin gig wasn’t the “pop package” advertised [Northern Scot 1Dec62 ] as the Beatles with the Dale Sisters didn’t happen.  Instead shared the bill with the Alex. Sutherland sextet [resident jazz band at Two Red Shoes]. Instead, the Dale Sisters trio performed on the 2nd in nearby Forres and at the Two Red Shoes the following week). Dale Sisters: Bonici/Epstein contract:

Starting with their 3 Jan ’63 performance in Elgin, Scotland, the  group toured extensively and appeared on several UK television programs in that year. By 1964, they gained international success after agreeing to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York. Here they are live at the Cavern Club singing Beautiful Dreamer with Ringo on the drums Long time business associate, Jack Fallon, acted as a go between to book acts for Albert from his London office. Though not certain when the association of the two man began, it’s interesting to note that they both began working in the music business in 1952. Joe, editor of the exhaustive Beatle site, wrote: “Jack Fallon was (with Bill Reid) one half of Jaybee, which ran a number of clubs across Britain in the early 60s. The Beatles played at a number of their venues. Fallon also played fiddle on Don’t Pass Me By on the White Album.” “Fallon was also involved in the industry as a booker/promoter, having established the booking agency Cana Variety in 1952. Cana booked primarily jazz artists in its early stages but expanded to rock acts in the 1960s, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Because of this connection, Fallon was asked by the Beatles to play fiddle on the song “Don’t Pass Me By” (from The Beatles). Fallon continued to play jazz locally in London and in the studios into the 1990s. He published a memoir entitled From the Top in 2005, and died the following year at age 90.” After the first and second contracts were signed between AA Bonici and Brian Epstein, the two men brought several acts into Scotland and held mutual respect for each other. They both acted in a professional manner as Brian and Albert worked together to give several musicians an opportunity to build a fan base in Scotland. The tour was to commence with a New Year’s Dance in Longmore Hall, Keith with The Beatles and The Copycats sharing a bill 2Jan63. The Copycats who were already fans when Liverpool lads began charting with Love Me Do, were disappointed when it was a no show for the Beatles because of snowy conditions. However, Mr. Bonici made it up to the teenaged Johnny and The Copycats when they shared a bill the following year. Longmore Hall, Keith: This contract for an abbreviated Scottish tour with The Beatles was the one that Albert Bonici was remembered for though already a seasoned promoter at aged 42. Other Beatles posts at:




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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