Lulu Aug '64 Beatscene/Glasgow Scotland

Lulu Aug ’64 Beatscene/Glasgow Scotland

Promo photo of Lulu sent to Albert Bonici 01 Jan '65

Promo photo of Lulu sent to Albert Bonici 01 Jan ’65


The Gleneagles band became Lulu and the Luvvers in 1965 [promo photo sent out in Jan/'65

The Gleneagles band became Lulu and the Luvvers in 1965 [promo photo sent out in Jan/’65

Beatscene aug/64 [Glasgow, Scotland]

Beatscene aug/64 [Glasgow, Scotland]

Lulu and The Luvvers performed in the Two Red Shoes on 18 June’64 and shared the bill with The Puppets. Their recording “Shout” had just hit the top 10 UK singles The band returned a few times to the dance hall including a week later to be part of “Another Mod Be In featuring The Animals” [Two Red Shoes also hosted a “Mod Ball” on May 7th “featuring Brian Epstein’s “golden boy” Tommy Quickly and The Remo Four]. On 4 Feb ’65, Lulu came back once more to perform a venue which included The Jacobeats. Lulu was only 15 when she came to Elgin and was well received, including the young lads that found her attractive with her Glasgow swagger.

There was a popular ensemble called The Gleneagles Band at the time The Gleneagles were on the go so may have been another reason they became “Lulu and the Luvvers” who played in Elgin. “The Gleneagles Show Band will play in the Fishermen’s Hall [Buckie] on Saturday first from 8 till 11.30. Admission 5/- next week the Avalons will play.” [Sep 20, 1962]
Here’s a bit from Lulu’s biographical page: ‘Says Lulu: “When I was fourteen, I was very lucky. I was discovered – to use a terrible term – by a person who was absolutely sincere. Since I was five, people had been coming up to me saying: ‘Stick with me, baby, and I’ll make you a star’. In fact, nobody ever did anything for me. Then Marion came along”.
“Marion Massey signed Lulu and her group to a management contract and took them to London to record. But first she decided the time was right to change her protégée’s name, and came up with the perfect answer: Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie became Lulu. The group’s name changed, too, from The Gleneagles to The Luvvers… Within weeks, they were signed up by Decca and made their first single, ‘Shout’, a raw version of the old Isley Brothers US hit of 1959, which Lulu had enthused over when she heard Alex Harvey singing it several months before. Lulu’s own handling of the song moved one eminent rock journalist to write: “It is still probably the best rock ‘n’ roll performance by a woman in the history of British pop.
When released in the spring of 1964, it became a smash hit and launched Lulu on the road to stardom. ‘Shout’ went on to take the British Singles Chart by storm and finally reached No.7.”‘

lulu pixLulu Bonici [music charts]

“Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie was born in 1948 in Lennox Castle, Lennoxtown, Scotland, the daughter of a local butcher. Marie grew up in Dennistoun, Glasgow, where she attended Thomson Street Primary School and Onslow Drive Junior School. Little Marie loved to sing as a child and started at the tender age of 12 year old with a local group called the Bellrocks. At 14 she joined The Gleneagles and had a regular spot at the Lindella Club, Glasgow. The owner of the club had a sister (Marion Massey) who was one of a few theatrical agent based in London. In 1962 Marion signed up the new girl and gave her the stage name Lulu and the backing band The Gleneagles became The Luvvers…–I-want-retire.html

Shout [1964] I’ll Come Running Over Surprise, surprise [1965]  I Saw Him Standing There [1967] To Sir With Love [1967] Milly [1968] Oh My [1969] [Alex Bell,Ross Neilson, Jim Dewar, Tommy Tierney, David Mullin, Jimmy Smith]

Lulu started recording with The Mindbenders for To Sir With Love. “The film’s title song “To Sir With Love“, sung by Lulu, reached number one on the U.S. pop charts, and ultimately was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop single for the year, 1967.”,_with_Love

Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders had a hit in 1965 with “The Game of Love” “After a tour of America and some more singles that were less successful than “Game of Love”, Fontana left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. Stewart became the lead singer of the band, which henceforward was known simply as the Mindbenders.”

Their first hit song without Fontana was “Groovy Kind of Love”:

lulu articles


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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