Eat your BEAT roots [1965]

Haste Ye Back To Scotland

Haste Ye Back To Scotland

1965 review

Responding to the question, “what is beat music” as Brian Wilson was performing with the Beach Boys on Ready, Steady, Go [9/64], he responded, “Surf music is beat music with surfer lyrics”. The band who had 5 hit albums in the US and soon to release their Christmas album had arrived for the first time in the UK, 6 months after the Beatles were showcased on the Ed Sullivan Show in the US…

Contemporary music was changing in Scotland along with the rest of the UK, USA, and Australia as “beat” groups were eclipsing jazz and folk bands also popular at the time. Just two years after The Beatles began their year of touring commencing in Elgin, Scotland [3 Jan 63], their music and that of their contemporaries had made inroads into the larger American market with young “baby boomers” looking for new styles of music and fashion that reflected the changing perspectives and lifestyles.

The north of Scotland was a destination for new British groups touring to gain a reputation and sell their records in 1965. LCB Agency [Albert Bonici’s promotions in Elgin, Moray] had two groups on tour every week and were keeping up the momentum by printing reduced price “tickets” in the dead of winter 1965:

promotional discounts were given to bearers of tickets/flyers to bring in guests in winter/1965

promotional discounts were given to bearers of tickets/flyers to bring in guests in winter/1965

In 1965, British beat bands popular in the USA included;

The Searchers

The Beatles

The Animals

The Who

The Hollies

 The Zombies

The Kinks

The Yardbirds

The Rolling Stones

The Moody Blues

besides a variety of pop acts like The DC5,  Freddy And The Dreamers, Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones, and Shirley Bassey (who sang Goldfinger for the first James Bond film).

Although current American groups like The Beach Boys and The Supremes held their own amongst young music fans, “Beatlemania” was in full swing as the US market was saturated with everything from Beatles trading cards to bobble head Beatles besides a weekly cartoon.

Beatles music was already becoming popular by summer of ’63 and gained momentum after their early performances on The Ed Sullivan Show [feb/’64]. In the coming months, folk music acts were losing popularity as British music was coming into favour as television programming like Shindig! [which replaced Hootenanny] gained a youthful audience.

 The Beat music bands were also popular amongst the youth in the UK though BBC had tried to put a damper on the new music by lack of radio airplay. Before BBC Radio 1 was launched in ’67, British youth listened to Radio Luxembourg, “pirate radio” and broadcasts from Radio London [Dec/’64] and  others operating from international  waters. “The first pirate station broadcast in the UK was Radio Caroline in 1964. Scotland had its own pirate station – Radio Scotland which began broadcasting on New Year’s Eve 1965. Radio Scotland was hugely popular. When it was finally forced to shut by the government in 1967, more than 2 million people signed a petition to try to keep it going.  This was unsuccessful and so Radio Scotland and all the other pirate radio stations were closed down.” Fortunately, music television shows continued to introduce new folk, blues, and beat groups besides dance and concert halls with live shows across Great Britain.   “1965 marked the first year The Who entered the mainstream, thanks to the success of their first two singles, “I Can’t Explain” and “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere“, which afforded them numerous appearances on BBC radio and television, most notably the Ready Steady Go! TV program. Meanwhile the band performed continuously in the United Kingdom throughout the year, with brief stops in France and Scandinavia. Their act consisted mostly of R&B and Motown covers, but more and more original material appeared as the year wore on, particularly by the release of the My Generation album in December.” 1965 was another triumph for the Beatles who played a big part in ushering in the “British Invasion” in the United States after The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show. A few months after performances in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London and the release of  A Hard Days Night’s_Night_(film) the Beatles began their first US tour in San Francisco in  August ’64, returning August ’65 and again in August ’66 with their final US performance in “the city by the bay”. Their final live tour in the UK commenced in Glasgow, Scotland to cheering crowds. Here is their concert at Shea Stadium in June/1965 with Ed Sullivan introducing them…  The Beatles popularity grew internationally with their early cinema features A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Help! (1965) Whilst the band were enjoying their newfound fame and fortune, in 1965 the doors swung wide open for many talented British musicians and entertainers who sought an international audience to sell their products in mass. London became known as “Swingin’ London” and the British clothing market also took advantage of the trend with “mod” fashion as both television and movies reflected the changing styles. The second “British Invasion” came in the form of music videos broadcasted by MTV in 1981. The Beatles are credited for popularizing music videos when they decided not to tour and opted for distributing videos of some of their tunes. MTV took advantage of a wealth of music videos that were being produced by both British and American bands. Music videos helped to launch careers for many musicians as the new television station secured a large platform via the advent of cable television. [song tracks1965] British beat music


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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