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 http://demondaveuk.bravepages.com/Charts/jun64.htm. 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] http://www.buckieheritage.org/dates/1962.pdf
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.”‘http://instagram.com/p/wd-bLngIWF/
“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… http://toeslayer.blogspot.co.uk/2014_01_01_archive.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1255468/Lulu-Im-62-year-just-grandmother–I-want-retire.html
Shout  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrTC3Dh00pI I’ll Come Running Over http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5R2ReQJmV8 Surprise, surprise  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HhS2E6VXy8 I Saw Him Standing There  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSpoDMOm87s To Sir With Love  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8-M_wg8AI4 Milly  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zhNrtFYcZU Oh My  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUuV3ybvkpc
Lulu started recording with The Mindbenders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz3cEcj4e4 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.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Sir,_with_Love
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders had a hit in 1965 with “The Game of Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-weeowZvvc “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.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mindbenders.