Bonici exhibit – Elgin Museum

Bonici Article 15-01-2016

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[2016] Article regarding a six month museum exhibit focusing on the career of Albert Bonici and those who helped make it “a happening” in the north of Scotland.  The six month exhibit at Elgin Museum started 26 March 2016 and is right across from Albert’s former office https://www.instantstreetview.com/@57.649004,-3.309879,-24.58h,2.81p,1z [arrow right]

There were many band who became internationally known after touring Scotland including The Hollies https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/the-hollies/ and The Kinks https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/kinks-in-north-of-scotland/ who thrilled young fans besides some of the local bands from the north of Scotland…. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/stones-in-aberdeen/ Note [August 2017]: As the materials have grown, I plan to wait until 2019 to consider another museum exhibit. However, am planning an exhibit for the ’60s Christmas Dance at St Giles Church [2017].

Milne HS Fochabers [http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/fochabers-p237671] near capitol city Elgin, provided a field trip for students to attend the “pop package” that included the Rolling Stones. Morayshire communities traditionally supported a variety of theatrical and music events when the 1,000 year old town of Elgin became a music “scene” in 1960s north of Scotland. Offering free bus service to and from concerts was an important service at the time. Whilst Albert Bonici operated LCB Agency, the family ran the PC Holding Company concessions for events besides owning/operating a fleet of concession vans and a petrol pump in the communities.

coming soon….. the exhibit was popular with all ages

Bonici and the BEAT SCENE to be presented at the Elgin Museum for 6 months commencing 26 of March 2016. I will publish some of the text on SCOTBEAT

Bonici and the BEAT SCENE was presented at the Elgin Museum for 6 months [2016-17] https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/windy-miller-reunion-elgin-museum/

Alyson Armstrong one of several entertainers who attended the Elgin Museum SCOTBEAT exhibit, was a vocalist with the Two Red Shoes house-band.

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My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. 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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One comment on “Bonici exhibit – Elgin Museum
  1. Brian Mcdonald says:

    I remember going to the Stones gig in Aberdeen, a bus was run by the Bishopmill Youth Club and I remember seeing the Stones but heard little of them due to the hysterical screams of the women. If I also remember correctly, the bill was shared by Dave Berry. Millie (My boy Lollipop) and Peter and Gordon. Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon came on stage obviously drunk from drink or drugs or maybe both. There were others on the bill which at the moment I cannot remember. Incidentally, I was speaking to Bill Wyman outside the Music Hall in Aberdeen about8 years ago after his gig with the Rythm Kings and he said that the Stones concert back in the 60’s was the last time he had played Aberdeen.

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