note from David “scotbeat”

It was 2007 when I began my research into the sixties music scene in the north of Scotland and five years later since developing SCOTBEAT to highlight the north of Scotland’s beat music scene era. 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.

More recently, what had been the stage for the Two Red Shoes Ballroom of Elgin, Scotland was cleared enough for me to enter and sift through more photos,  business documents, and other promotion materials gathered by entrepreneur/impresario Albert Bonici. Mr. Bonici,  who actively promoted musicians from the mid-1950s into the ’70s, did much to co-create a wealth of fond memories for those who remember those times, through music and variety.  Aberdeen promoter Gordon Hardie who worked with  Albert through the 1960s, kept diaries of activities which I have to draw from as well. Also, those aware of the research, of been kind enough to share their memories, photos, and artifacts from the 1950’s-70’s.  If you’ve something related to share leave a comment!dl2edit

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 copyright restricted and 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. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, 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. 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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2 comments on “note from David “scotbeat”
  1. Hamish Shand says:

    My name is Hamish Shand, drums, l along with Sandy Petrie bass and the late Benton Green lead we were the Rebel Sounds rock band from a Keith and played gigs for Albert Bonici right through the sixties. We also had Stuart Watson keyboards.

    We played support band to the Yardbirds Two Red Shoes,Small faces Elgin Town Hall and Pink Floyd Ballerina Ballroom Nairn, Searchers and many other English touring bands that Albert brought to Scotland, we played all the local gigs Elgin Town Hall, Elgin Assembly Rooms, Forres Victoria Hitel, Buckie Fishermans Hall, Cullen Town Hall, Craigellachie Public Hall, Nairn Ballerina Ballroom, Inverness Raining Stairs Club and Seaforth Boys Club, RAF Kinross and RNAS Lossiemouth, Keith Longmore Hall, Huntley Stewart’s Hall, Inverurie Hall, Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, Aviemore Centre, Strathpeffer Tain Town Hall etc.,

    We played a lot of soul, Motown, and UK bands Beatles Hollies etc.

    We were introduced to Albert by the Copycats who we knew and then and still know and friends with today.

    It was an amazing experience for young kids like us, sometimes we would play two venues in one night for Albert, hard work setting up and packing twice in one night.

    In the early sixties there were no disco,s only live music.

    Eddie Leppard leopards was a friend he was Freddie but changed his name to Eddie as he was a Eddie Cochran fan and played his covers.

    We were offered the chance to play resident at the Star Club Hamburg, but declined as we had day jobs, I.e, apprenticeships and college etc, apparently it was a treadmill and hard work and not very glamourus according to bands who did the gig.

    I remember seeing Lulu in the Park Cafe, also Shane Fentone and the Fentones later of course Alvin Stardust played a few times for Albert.

    We were also good friends with the Flock from Inverness who we would meet doing the same gig or on the road.

    I hope this is of interest

    Best Regards,

    Hamish Shand

  2. scotbeat says:

    Great to hear a bit of your music history from Scotland 1960’s. I’ve a few articles about the Rebel Sound and will do a future feature as you’ve shared more info. Were their any recordings? If you’ve more to add, address it to if you’d rather. The Copycats are great guys and have been supportive of this research project as well as former members of The Leopards, Jacobeats, and others. It was interesting to read how Freddie became Eddie. In more recent times, Lulu was modeling a cashmere top for Johnson’s Woolen Mills and mentioned to the company representative that she performed at the infamous Two Red Shoes back in the day. She must have been a young teenager when you saw her in the Park Cafe. Apparently, the locals lined up around the block when she was promoting her first hit, “Shout!”…

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