Beat Christmas

Dec 1964 The Beatles play their Xmas Special shows at Hammersmith Odeon 38 shows over 21 nights,Special guests included the Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton.Here’s a Christmas message to their fans in 1964: Bonici LCBChristmas 1958: Harry Robertson’s band  Lord Rockingham’s XI had a hit tune at Christmasfeatured on Oh Boy! [number 2 on the UK charts]. Harry may have been the first musician fromElgin Scotland to achieve notoriety from this composition and went on to create motion picturescores after serving as music director in television productions. Shadows with Cliff Richard were also regulars on Oh Boy! though it was years before Cliff had a Christmas Album….

Jack Good’s Christmas Special “Oh Boy” [1978]

Albert Bonici , the promoter known for bringing the Beatles to Scotland, was a fan of jazz and began promoting in ’52 when he brought up the Ray Ellington Quartet on tour in the north of Scotland. Another jazz band that he particularly enjoyed was Kenny Ball as his Jazzband who knew how to wow their audiences. Here’s a few Christmas tunes from them… Ray Ellington

Here’s a selection from Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen Ding Dong Merrily On High wonderful Christmas time Rockin’ around the Christmas tree White Christmas

Many of the popular British beat bands of the 1960-70s also played in the north of Scotland

thanks to  Mr. Bonici, Jack Fallon [London booking agent], managers, and the bands who

ventured out to pay to small audiences in the north of Scotland as they mastered their craft.

Here are a few Christmas tunes from some of those bands…

Dusty Springfield Springfields

The Beatles

Dusty Springfield

Van Morrison

Barron Knights

Bay City Rollers

Status Quo

The Searchers

Gerry & The Pacemakers


The Who

The Kinks

The Moody Blues

Rolling Stones

Pink Floyd

The Hollies


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, 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. 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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