Elgin, Scotland music scene 1960s

Albert and Betty Bonici - 1941 on a night out with a family friend.

Albert and Betty Bonici circa 1941 – a night out with a family friend.

By the end of WWII and through to the early ’60s, both traditional and modern jazz bands were enjoyed by young people attending dances in the UK. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_jazz

‘I was a jazz man and didn’t really listen to the pop groups much…”

Albert Bonici and wife Betty who were amongst those who loved listening and dancing to jazz bands. Amongst the bands that the Bonici’s enjoyed on a night out were Johnny Dankworth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvgHEXg1Gw, Tubby Hayes http://web.archive.org/web/20091027230934/ http://and Kenny Ball’s Jazz Band. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/kenny-ball-and-his-jazzmen/ .  Albert also invited British folk and beat  musicians besides visiting talent from abroad on tour, to play in small communities between Aberdeen and Inverness. Over a ten day tour, his company LCB Agency would string enough venues together to make it worthwhile for musicians to come to the north of Scotland though they played in small dancehalls. By the mid ’50s,  Albert Bonici was active with promotion activities that began when he and Henry Robertson brought up the Ray Ellington Quartet for a charity which proved popular with youthful fans of dance and swing music.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDQpZT3GhDg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnAuFCzxuT0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2YoUHpuiVQ Albert spoke about those days in an interview with Jim Wilkie https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/aa-bonici-interview-jim-wilkie/

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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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