David Bowie RIP

bowie 1968 Glasgow

Above: David Bowie in Glasgow [1968]

David “Davie” Jones adopted the name “Bowie” in 1965 after the popular bowie knife, though said he thought of using the name “Tom Jones” at the time. According to his bio [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie], he changed to “David Bowie” from Davie Jones because Davy Jones, star of Oliver! and television show The Monkees which began that year.  In the ’60s, David played in establishments around Glasgow but it wasn’t until his 1970 appearance on Aberdeen’s Grampian Television [now STV North], that he played in the north of Scotland. On the occassion, he played along side Alex. Sutherland’s house band who had left his bandleader post at Elgin’s Two Red Shoes Ballroom a few years earlier. img050


bowie aberdeen 1970


A couple of years before making his appearance in Aberdeen, David was spending time at a Buddist Temple in Scotland where he had considered becoming a monk. A couple of years earlier, David was spending time at a Buddist Temple in Scotland where he had considered becoming a monk. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/music/music-news/david-bowie-back-new-album-7136949

David had an ongoing affinty for Scotland through his life and Scotland took a shining to him. It is not surprising that he enrolled his son Duncan [who went by “Joe”] to Gordounston http://www.gordonstoun.org.uk/ for his education. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2024724/David-Bowies-son-Duncan-Jones-Ive-needed-use-fathers-name.html#ixzz3wvLYllVa

David Jones with Manish Boys [1965] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUXj2aZPXrA and hair interview [1964] plus 1970 appearance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5zxeLwUSdk


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. 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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