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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj2Xm4j3fAk 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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Rockingham%27s_XIThe Shadows with Cliff Richard were also regulars on Oh Boy! though it was years before Cliff

had a Christmas Album…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WxkcHD_OZc

Jack Good’s Christmas Special “Oh Boy” [1978] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUfyWD48H1s

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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am5y9er-_vA Ray Ellington

Here’s a selection from Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob5moRwGNOA Ding Dong Merrily On High
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0CXVLms-MU wonderful Christmas time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1emHVBS_UB8 Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWjMWE907Uo 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…

The Beatles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvCPkp0H0U

Dusty Springfield  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZq1lzfgQ_s

Van Morrison  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPdShWevWoU

Barron Knights  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lH5L5HSfsc

Bay City Rollers  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NdbZ0GVtm0

Status Quo  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK0Hchdf7u8

The Searchers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXSBOagKc4

Gerry & The Pacemakers  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ZaUBHp4Xc

Slade  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A8KT365wlA

The Who  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPmijD6jqHs

The Kinks  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk

The Moody Blues  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yXKC8aENLk

Pink Floyd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONglQRT8b9s

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My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. 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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