1959: A year before the “Silver Beetles” appeared in Forres, there was a “Beetle drive and social evening for folk in this small village in Morayshire. The festivities included “a special prize for the best drawing of a Beetle”. None of them resembled John, Paul, George, Pete, or Stu… There were a few pop groups who played NE Scotland in ’59 besides “Johnny Gentle and his beat group” like Rikki Barnes and His All Stars [in Elgin], Johnnie Ross and His Youngsters, Ian Mendez and The New Stompers, but most of the acts were swing, jazz, and blues until 1962.
Fifty years ago, hearing a tune for the first time was often a shared experience rather than a private moment. Besides listening in to Radio Luxembourg http://www.offringa.nl/radioluxembourg.htm or “pirated” broadcasts from ships at sea http://www.radiowaves.org.uk/memory/memory60.shtml https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_78qsRhdDDE young folk visited record stores booths, listened to jukebox selections in local cafés, spinned records together, or attended dance halls to hear new music besides dancing and meeting friends at a discotheque event. Big band style and jazz had waned in popularity as folk and beat tunes began to saturate air waves whilst the BBC catered to an older audience. The Beatles and other beat groups made their debut with many British fans as EMI recorded a popular Friday night radio show that was available across Great Britain at the time of night when the signal was strong. http://www.beatlesbible.com/1962/10/08/radio-the-friday-spectacular/
Also, thanks to television shows like “Oh Boy!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” a new style of music was becoming popular among the youth of Scotland. In 1961, Bonici hosted The Springfields, Shane Fenton (Alvin Stardust) and the Fentons, Johnny Douglas New Beat Combo, Gene Vincent (Nov 9), and The Alan Parsons Combo (before Eric Burdon joined in ’62).