Besides the great influx of visiting musicians, the ’60s music scene in the north of Scotland was a great time for Scottish bands developing their craft. In the early 1960s, there were dozens of skiffle and beat groups springing up throughout the north of Scotland. Featured below are a couple of local favorites plus articles from the time…
Malcolm Strachan of The Playboys: “We played all over the north from 1963 to 1965 from Dundee and Alyth right up to our furthest northern most gig at Dunnet Bay close to Thurso in Caithness. Our gigs were solo gigs or supporting loads of bands, The Hollies, Lulu and the Luvvers, Dave Berry etc We even played on the same bill as Johnny and The Copycats at Inverurie and Ardersier as i remember.
We headed of to London in June 1965 and recorded a single with Tony Secunda which was never released. Did most of our bookings through The Brian Morrison Agency who was very good to us and we used to support The Pretty Things as they were his top band.We supported The Who twice, The Nashville Teens, Them featuring Van Morrison, Unit Four plus Two, The Applejacks, Alan Price Set, and more.
We were very strong vocally but did not write our own material, which means only one thing. The Marmalade were in London who wrote their own material and were struggling a bit and we also used to go and see The Action at The Marquee Club who did the same stuff as ourselves and were better than we were in every department. It was a great few years and would not have missed it for the world. ps.I also saw The Beatles at The Beach Ballroom in January 1963,met them and have their autographs.Not bad for 3 shillings.”