note from David “scotbeat”

It’s been nine years since starting my research into the sixties music scene in the north of Scotland and three years since developing a blog. Local interest has been great and am still learning more from those who experienced it besides the private archives of Albert Bonici and various resources.

Recently, what had been the stage for the Two Red Shoes Ballroom of Elgin, Scotland has been cleared enough for me to enter [with permission of owner] and discover even more photos,  business documents, and other promotion materials to explore the beat music scene that captured the interest and imagination of a growing youth culture. Many were inspired to pursue their dreams besides fond memories of a special time in Scotland’s cultural history. Aberdeen promoter Gordon Hardie who worked with impresario Albert Bonici through the 1960s, kept diaries of activities which I have to draw from as well. Of course, photos, and memories from those who frequented the local dance halls in the north of Scotland are helpful in exploring this fascinating period of cultural history in Scotland. Please leave a comment or mail related impute to: for editing.

discovering more resources from the Bonici archives at the former Two Red Shoes Ballroom stage, Elgin, Scotland Nov-16

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All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives and of DJ Dills notes/photos, are not to appear in print other than with permission of DJ Dills, proprietor of above sites mentioned.



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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