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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1962

December 31, 1962

January 01 – New Year’s Day Carnival

January 11 – Eden Kane (pictured above) with The Jay Walkers

January 13 – Teenage waltz competition

January 18 – The Allisons (seen above with “Are You Sure”, their number 2 hit from last year which came second in 1961’s Eurovision Song Contest) with Dru Harvey and The Jokers

January 25 – Selection of “Miss Fochabers 1961” in the “Miss Bristol” competition

January 26 – Grand finals of the North Of Scotland Jiving Championships for “The Capstan Cup” and selection of “Miss Bristol” 1961

January 27 – Teen attraction – 1st heat of the Elgin jiving competition

February 08 – Dancing to The Alex Sutherland Sextet

February 15 – Jim McHarg and His Scotsville Jazzmen (this line-up is thought to include Jack Bruce)

February 22 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

February 23 – The Glasgow J.W. Formation Dancing Team demonstrating The Checker Twist

March 01 – Emile Ford‘s old backing group – The Original Checkmates plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 06 – 738 Squadron Dance

March 15 – Emile Ford and The Fordettes (one advert lists them as The New Checkmates)

March 24 – Special Teen Attraction – Second heat of Elgin teen twist contest

March 29 – Florrie Cairns (above) And The Clansmen with Fionna Duncan

March 30 – The Charities Ball

March 31 – The Arts Ball

April 05 – Bob Wallis and Storyville Jazzmen

April 12 – Craig Douglas. Here he is on the BBC’s, “Pops & Lenny” show with, “Lonesome me” from later in the year.

April 19 – Kenny Ball Jazzmen supported by Dean Kerr’s East Coast Jazzmen

April 26 – Danny Williams

April 28 – Special teen attraction Go-Ma-Go Show band star Colin Day with The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

May 03 – Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents

May 10 – The Karl Denver Trio

May 11 – Sounds Incorporated. I’ve mistakenly assumed that Sounds Incorporated were the American band who supported The Beatles on tour in the U.S. but the band of the same name featured above was formed in Kent in 1961 and signed up by Brian Epstein. His links with Albert Bonici make me think this is the band seen at The Two Red Shoes.

May 12 – The afternoon teen dance will be discontinued after today. Restarting again in the autumn

May 17 – Al Saxon (pictured above)

May 24 – Double attraction – The Mudlarks and Donna Douglas

May 31 – Eurovision Song Contest winner Ronnie Carroll seen above performing “Ring-A-Ding Girl”

June 07 – The Terry Lightfoot Jazz Band

June 08 – The Elgin Dairy Princess in the £ 500 Dairy Queen contest

June 14 – Young Unionists’ Annual Dance

June 21 – Shane Fenton And The Fentones. Here’s Shane with “Magic” from the film, “Play It Cool” which hit cinema screen around now.

June 28 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 05 – Duke D’Mond And His Baron Knights (sic)

July 12 – The Viscounts. Gordon Mills, in the centre of the picture above, went on to manage Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

July 26 – Jimmy Crawford and The Ravens

August 02 – Emile Ford and The Fordettes

August 09 – Rock ‘N’ Trad Night – The Original Checkmates plus Andy Elsdon Jazzband

August 16 – Night Sounds

August 23 – Don Charles

August 30 – Mal Ryder and The Spirits

September 06 – Another double star attraction The Mike Cotton Jazzmen plus The Viscounts

September 13 – Jimmy Justice And The Excheckers.  Jimmy (seen above) had two top ten hits earlier in the year and reached number 20 around this time with “Spanish Harlem”. He hit the front page of Melody Maker in July with news that after a season of Sunday concerts in Blackpool ended in the middle of September, he was flying to the States for a number of TV dates.

September 20 – Forrie Cairns And The Clansmen plus Jay and Terry Scott

September 25 – Jet Harris and The Jet Blacks. Here’s Jet with “Main Title Theme (from “Man With The Golden Arm”)” which hit the charts last month and stayed there for 11 weeks.

September 27 – The Springfields, seen above with their hit, “Island Of Dreams”

October 04 – David McBeth

October 18 – Craig Douglas plus Johnny and Mike with The Shades

October 25 – Bobby Angelo with Susan Terry and The Tuxedos

November 01 – The Avons

November 08 – The Baron Knights (sic)

November 15 – Don Charles and Gerry Reno

November 20 – Recomencement of Saturday teen dancing

November 22 – Pop package show with The Charlie Galbraith Jazzmen, Barry James And The Strangers with Garry and Lee

November 29 – Bruce Turner Jump Band

December 06 – Jimmy Crawford And The Ravens plus The Checkmates

December 07 – Semi-finals of “Miss North Of Scotland 1962”

December 13 – Shane Fenton And The Fentones

December 20 – Chance Gordon

December 24 – Elgin Folk Music Club carnival

December 25 – The Aberdeen University Students’ Campaign presents A Christmas Beatnik Ball

December 31 – The Hogmanay Dance

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