1964

December 31, 1964

The resident band this year is once again The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. Many newspaper adverts at this time would only list Friday Night as Late Night and Saturday as Palais Night without details of the resident band. Thursday nights as usual were when the larger touring acts would be featured.

January 01 – The Findhorn Water Ski Club New Year’s Day Carnival Dance

January 02 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents The Charlie Galbraith Jazz Band

January 03 – Late Nite

January 04 – Palais Nite

January 16 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Mark Peters And The Silhouettes

January 23 – Johnny Kidd And The Pirates in the Town Hall. Was there dancing at The Two Red Shoes after?

January 30 – Lorraine Grey And The Chaperones

February 04 – (and every Tuesday) Roundabout with Eddie Le Pard And The Leopards

February 06 – The Tycoons

February 07 – Johnny And The Copycats with Eddie Le Pard And The Leopards

February 08 – (and every Saturday) Palais Night with The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

February 13 – Elgin Jazz Club presents The Shakes

February 20 – Moray Dance Club presents Ian Crawford And The Boomerangs with The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

February 27 – The Washington D.C.s

March 05 – Moray Dance Club presents The New Apaches

March 12 – The Sheffields

March 19 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Johnny And The Copycats plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 26 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents Bobby AngeloSusan Terry and The Tuxedos

April 02 – Moray Dance Club presents a return visit of Cervazes, now known as The Formula Five

April 09 – Elgin Jazz Club presents Pete McLain and The Four Just Men plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 16 – Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

April 23 – Elgin Jazz Club presents the girl from the recent “Searchers” show Suzy Cope plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 30 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents The Aces plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

May 07 – Elgin Jazz Club presents the first ever Mod Ball featuring Brian Epstein’s golden boy Tommy Quickly (seen above with “The Wild Side Of Life”) and The Remo Four. 

May 14 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents the big band from London, The Trends plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

May 15 – The Copycats will be playing in place of The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

May 21 – Moray Dance Club presents Neil Landon And The Burnettes plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

May 28 – Elgin Jazz Club presents Johnny Anger and the Wild Ones plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 04 – SJP Association presents Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders

June 06 – Melody Maker runs a fascinating article called “The £ S D Of Beat” where the writer puts forward that groups are pricing themselves out of the market and that ballrooms are facing a slump in attendances due to the “over-exposure of groups on TV pop shows”. MM quotes the fee to book The Remo Four for a weekend gig at £ 120. Mid-week slots were always cheaper and this is why I think Albert Bonici had name acts perform on a Thursday. Having promoted myself, I know that it was easy and cheaper to book bands who had a break in their tour between two larger cities. I suspect Albert made it known that he’d offer dates at relatively short notice if he could get acts cheaply enough. Adverts throughout the years would seem to back this up with a number of bands being advertised in advance but never actually appearing. 

June 11 – Modern Dancing Enterprises presents The Deacons plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 18 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Lulu And The Lovers plus The Puppets plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. Lulu’s featured above with her top ten hit, “Shout” which entered the chart last month. 

June 25 – SJP presnts a Mod Ball featuring The Animals. Here they are with their massive hit, “House Of The Rising Sun” which entered the chart today.

July 02 – Moray Dance Club presents The Undertakers plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. The Undertakers (seen above in an advert for Selmer) were an offshoot of Bob Evans & The Five Shillings which is said to have been Merseyside’s very first rock group. They only existed from February 1961 to December 1964 when they split, partly due to a flu jab paralyzing the arm of saxophonist and vocalist Brian Jones. When they played the Two Red Shoes, they featured Jackie Lomax on bass and vocals, who went on to be one of the first releases on The Beatles own record label, Apple.

July 10 – Late Nite – The Jack Sinclair Band with Dave MacIntosh will be playing, not The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 16 – Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

July 23 – Moray Dance Club presents The Jacobeats pluys The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 30 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Johnny And The Copycats

August 08 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet will be absent competing in the National Jazz Finals in London. Playing instead – The Jacobeats

August 10 – Moray Dance Club’s Special Elgin Holiday Dance with The Copycats

August 13 – SJDA presents Neil Landon And The Burnettes plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 20 – Elgin Jazz Club presents Robb Storme & The Whispers

August 27 – Moray Dance Club presents The Mad Klassix

September 10 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

September 17 – Shirley, Johnny and The Ricochets with The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

September 24 – SJDA presents Neil Landon And The Burnettes plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

October 01 – Moray Dance Club presents Dave Adams and The Bel-Aires plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

October 08 – Moray Dance Club presents The Fairies

October 15 – The Findhorn Water Ski Club presents The Johnny Douglas Combo

October 22 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents Me And Them

October 23 – The Daly Brothers

October 27 – The Wildkats

October 28 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

October 29 – Moray Jazz Club presents R & B Incorporated

October 20 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

October 31 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 05 – Elgin Jazz Club presents Johnny, Mike and The Shades plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 12 – Moray Jazz Club presents The Gonks plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 26 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Kris Ryan and The Questions plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 07 – The Jacobeats plus The Leopards plus The Copycats

December 10 – The Rustiks and The Deacons

December 17 – Moray Dance Club presents The Applejacks, seen above with “Tell Me When” from earlier this year plus The Just Four Men

December 24 – Aberdeen University Students’ Campaign Beatnik Ball

December 25 – Christmas Carnival

December 28 – The Leopards plus The Copycats plus The Jacobeats

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