Kinks in north of Scotland

Kinks promo [Bonici Archives]

When the Kinks visited Scotland, it didn’t go unnoticed by those lucky enough to see a performance. In Elgin, they were met with a frenzy of girls who decided to camp outside their hotel room… Here is newspaper coverage of the Kinks’ visit to northeast Scotland circa 1965: Kinks Searcher

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When the Kinks first toured in Scotland, the had to cut it short when Ray Davis collapsed with pneumonia during a performance in March 1965. They had several problems during their early tours beside not eliciting respect from other british bands at the time.

“From their early days in London’s blues and R&B scene, The Kinks, as the Davies brothers’ band gradually became, were misfits. ‘I don’t think we were taken very seriously from the start,’ says Ray, whose first hit for the band was their powerful and original third single, You Really Got Me. ‘I remember Mick Jagger’s jaw dropping the first time he saw us. He couldn’t believe that four such uncool people could have a bigger hit than he did.’ While the momentum was building, The Kinks opened for The Beatles in Bournemouth, where a sarcastic John Lennon suggested The Kinks were little more than copycats. ‘Can I borrow your song list, lads?’ he quipped. ‘We’ve lost ours.’”

Kinks promotion materials helped get them gigs in the UK before traveling abroad. They had just released their first original composition "You Really Got Me" when the teenaged Davis brothers began touring.

Kinks promotion materials helped get them gigs in the UK before traveling abroad. They had just released their first original composition “You Really Got Me” when the teenaged Davis brothers began touring.



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 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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