the beat goes on…

Edgar Road, Elgin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J941UWT_KZA

 

Fifty years ago, Elgin and Morayshire had gained a reputation for hosting a plethora of great bands, thanks to Albert Bonici and those who worked in his organization to promote up and coming British bands. In the first half of 1965, Dave Berry And The Cruisers, The Copycats, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, Lulu And The Lovers, Eddie Leopard and The Leopards, THE MOODY BLUES, Jimmy Nicol Sound, Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters, George Washington And The Senators, The Jacobeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Honeycombs, THEM [with Van Morrison], The Boomerangs, The Mighty Avengers, THE WHO, Neil Landon And The Burnetts, The Searchers, and The Rats, all played at Elgin’s popular dance hall, The Two Red Shoes. [Note: Bonici also featured The Kinks, The Hollies, Mary Anne Faithful, and the Rolling Stones to Aberdeen during the time]. By the mid ’70s, beat music had come of age and outside bands were opting for larger venues as they went on tour and Bonici’s LCB Agency were booking the more of the bands in Nairn’s Ballerina Ballroom [near Inverness] besides other larger halls in the north of Scotland. The TRS Ballroom closed down after a memorable 15 year run…Fast forward 50 years, and Elgin is again a buzz with the expectation of opening the city of Elgin to regular gigs from British bands besides featuring local groups hailing from the north of Scotland. The first “Lantern” first showcase line-up sold out for 18th of April, 2015. http://crannogconti.wix.com/lotne https://facebook.com/lanternofnorth

'Lantern' Arts Centre plans - Elgin, Scotland

‘Lantern’ Arts Centre plans – Elgin, Scotland

 

 

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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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