Terry Russell – Scottish vocalist

Terry Russell was managed by LCB Agency and recorded on BBC radio and Grampian television besides Norco Records Ltd. https://soundcloud.com/albert-bonici/terry-russell-with-the-jimmy https://soundcloud.com/albert-bonici

related post: https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/norco-records/

Terrance “Terry” H Russell who hailed from Aberdeenshire, Scotland before a solo career, was part of the final Jacobeats line-up before the group disbanded and the New Jacobeats were formed. (below: the last line-up of Jacobeats included Graeme Nairne [lead], Rae Rodgers [bass], Ian Young [drums], and Deirdre Cameron and Terry [vocals]). Graeme remembers great times working with Terry with the Jacobeats, the first pop band to wear tartans. They shared a love of R&B though the band did a mix of pop songs and ballads. Lorna remembers Terry’s onstage antics and a time when he was pulled off stage by excited fans…

When Terry joined the Jacobeats, founding members John Rennie and Dougie MacLennon were still with the band [originally known as Apaches] and was hired following an audition for Albert Bonici, Alex. Sutherland, and Jacobeat band members when Sheila left to get married. Lorna and Deirdre Cameron who were also auditioned were also hired as vocalists. Coincidently, they knew Terry quite well as their fathers were childhood friends. Terry was a bit mischievous when with the group and teased the fans in his kilt and breaking manager Bonici’s rule about never turning your back to the audience…

When The Jacobeats were disbanding, Terry decided to pursue a solo career and found it lonely without his former band-mates though decides to carry on Albert’s secretary Aileen handled some of the acts with Mr. Bonici’s “LCB Agency” including young Terry Russell when he began touring as a solo act in late 1966.

note from Aileen Allan [LCB Agency – Christmas 1966]

Manager/promoter Albert Bonici wrote letters to Terry Russell whilst he was touring.

Above: first of three letters from Albert Bonici regarding working as an entertainer

Besides working out food, housing, transportation, taxes, etc. for Terry Russell on the road, LCB Agency’s Aileen Allan wrote introduction letters to promote the young vocalist.

At one point, Ms Allan gave the young vocalist advise about his choice of numbers though ultimately he keeps variety in his show. In a letter to Terry [14Mar67], Aileen advises him to speak with Ian Hamilton who booked Terry at various clubs. His complaint was that Terry was that he wanted him to sing only Scottish tunes and wear his tartan regalia throughout; “Ian advises that you cut all the odd stuff out altogether and do a completely Scottish programme”. Aileen also added, “I can understand the bit about wanting the Scottish programme because I prefer you doing it as well. I think it looks in a way, silly to see a chap in full highland outfit doing pops… I think there’s plenty yelling yobs doing ballad & pop songs whereas a good singer will be remembered and show more of himself doing stuff like Campbelltown Loch, Morag of Dunvegan, etc.” Terry wrote, “I received your letter about the comments Ian Hamilton made. I disagree about what he says about a whole Scottish programme, but I’ll drop in and see him and talk it over with him.” It was Albert Bonici who came up with the idea to dress a beat band in tartan regalia and changed the name of the founding band members from Apaches to Jacobeats. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/the-diamonds-apaches-and-jacobeats/

introducing Terry Russell [1967]

introducing Terry Russell [1967]

introducing Terry Russell [1967]

introducing Terry Russell [Oct 1967] after his birthday [Terrance H Russell 30 Sep 1948]

 

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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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