1967 music – Northeast Scotland

Memorable music highlights in Morayshire [Scottish county] 1967  included The Cream and The Pink Floyd performing in Elgin and throughout northeast Scotland. Here’s some music entries from Buckie edition of the “Advertiser” to let local readers know what was planned for the near future. Note: These snippets are not complete though give an idea of what was on the go musically even in the small populations of Scotland.  http://www.buckieheritage.org/ “old snippets” 1967]

Jan 12 Keith – They’re Fab, They’re Gear, They’re Kinky and They’re Here –
Tomorrow’s People – those hip swivelling Misses from Television, plus Neil Christian and the Crusaders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUqZpiGl73g plus the ‘T’Set.
Jan 19 In the Longmore Hall, Keith – ‘Phase five’ with a Go-Go competition
Jan 26 In the Longmore Hall, Keith – The Magic Lanterns
A note read – Up, up and up go the Mini skirts and so do Britain’s fashion
Feb 2 It’s a date, I’ll see on Friday in the Longmore Hall, Keith. Modern Dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8zI5xjwKYw

Enterprises have another new group booked to play. The Rebel Sounds are to
be accompanied by Chatz and Skat Katz.
Feb 9 This Friday in the Longmore Hall – The Facelles plus the Circle.
In the Two Red Shoes dancers can hear the TV Dynamic Personality, Miss
Donna Douglas who is appearing as guest vocalist.
An outstanding attraction – At their dance in the Fishermen’s Hall on Saturday
11 February, Buckie Thistle F.C. are to stage a ‘Mini Skirt’ competition. “Lets Be
It’s not how many inches above the knee.
It’s how many inches below the waist..
Music by the ‘T’ Set plus the Malcolm Brothers. Admittance 5/- Usual transport.
May 11 Over 25’s dance – Buckie Gala and Amenities Association are to hold a dance
especially for the over 25’s in the Fishermen’s Hall on 12 May. Music to be played
by Bill Geddes. Admittance 4/-
June 1 Moray Dance Enterprises – Playing in the Longmore Hall, Keith this week are, The Drifters.
June 8 M/D/E – In the Longmore Hall, Keith this week will be The Playboys an 8 piece Irish Show Band. Cost of admission = 6/-
M/D/E – have booked Ashley Kaye to play in the Longmore Hall this week
plus The Shireens, two wildly exciting Go-Go girls. Admittance 6/6 Miss Teen Look 1967 – This was the title won by 15 year old Miss Audrey
Mayne, 5 Barhill Road in a beauty competition held at a dance ran by Buckie
Amateur Swimming Club in the St Andrew’s Hall, She was presented with a
June 22 M/D/E – have booked the Copycats and the Quantrells to play in the
Longmore Hall this week.
On Friday 30 June dancers in the Longmore can hear and dance to chart
toppers, the Alan Price Set (Simon Smith and his amazing dancing bear) This
has to be the greatest show yet to hit Keith.
Over in the Two Red Shoes music will be supplied by the Copycats and The
Tiffany Shells.
July 13 New bands of the scene – Bands to play at a junior dance and beat group
challenge contest in the Town House hall on 21st July are – The Notion, Les
Revenants and The Friction. The dance is being run by the Gala Committee.
July 22 M/D/E – Dancers in the Longmore Hall, Keith will be dancing to the music of
The Slater Street Few plus The Rising Sun.
If the Two Red Shoes on Thursday be your choice the groups playing there are
Pink Floyd and the Copycats. Admission is 8/6
July 27 M/D/E – Paul and Barry Ryan are to be in the Two Red Shoes on August 3rd.
Also present will be the Copycats and the southern Sound Machine.
Appearing in Buckie on August 14th during a Monday Nite Special will be Union
Blues Soul Band.
Sep 7 M/D/ E – The group booked to play in the Longmore Hall this Friday is Life ‘N
Soul, heat winners of Opportunity Knocks, also the Beatroute.
Miss Sheena Duff makes a welcome return to ‘The Shoes’ on Friday 8th and
Saturday 9th September.
Sep 14 M/D/ E have booked The Tony Merrick Scene to play at their dance in the
Longmore Hall, Keith on September 15.
Scotland’s No 1 Group – The Beatstalkers are to play in the Town Hall,
Macduff on the same night.
Nov 2 Moray Dancing Enterprises (M/D/E) ran by Albert Bonicci, Elgin have
booked Heraldic Decoration plus Garland Blue to play at a dance in the
Fishermen’s Hall, Buckie on 10 November.
Carnival Queen – Miss Patricia McIntyre, 15, 3 Bede Road, Rathven was chosen
as the Buckie Thistle Carnival Queen at a Teenager’s Dance held in the Town
House recently. Her attendants
were – Helen Murray, 14, of Portessie and fifteen years old Morag Cowie of 11
Commerce Street. The judges were Miss Jean Eckersley and Mr Peter Smith,
Commercial Hotel.
Nov 16 M/D/ E – have booked Sir Percy and the Riot Squad plus Live Wires to play
at their dance at Keith on November 17.
They will also have Freddie Mack and his Road Show in ‘The Shoes’ Elgin
Nov 23 M/D/E have booked The Delroy Williams Band for the Longmore Hall, Keith
this Friday. At Banff on Saturday they will have The Brown Heart Federation.
Country-Dance Rally – A crowd of over 200 were present in the Fishermen’s
Hall on Friday of last week for the annual Country-Dance Rally. Music was
provided by Dugald Jenkins and the Heather Dance Band.
Nov 30 M/D/E – have booked a new band to play in the Town Hall, Cullen. Their name is , Six Good Reasons.
Dec 7 M/D/E invites you to a dance in the Fife Lodge Hotel, Banff where The
Foundations will play the music. Admission 5/-. Take this advert and take a guest in free.
Dec 21 M/D/E invite you to their dance in the Fishermen’s Hall, Buckie on 22
December. The Middle Earth will play music and Garland Blues.
Beat group Circle will be playing in ‘The Shoes’ on Christmas Night.


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 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. 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 https://scotbeat.wordpress.com 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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