The Legend Begins!

October 6, 2008

Despite being open since 1960, the Two Red Shoes Ballroom would be just another forgotten dance hall had it not been for one event: the dance on Thursday, January 3rd 1963. The Northern Scot, which carried weekly adverts for the venue never even mentioned who was playing that night. The advert seen below came from the Elgin Courant. Promoter Albert Bonici must have assumed that while no-one would have heard of the group booked for that night, people might be aware of the single that was climbing the chart at the time, hence his describing them as the “Love Me Do Boys”.

The next few years would see the Two Red Shoes become one of the best known venues in Scotland playing host to some of the most famous names in British pop and rock but by the end of 1966 the magic started to disappear. 1967 saw only a few big names but it did include one of the biggest in the history of rock music – Pink Floyd. It doesn’t detract from what took place in this small dance hall and the music that was played here.

So, take some time to browse the years, watch the clips and hopefully relive some happy memories. If you want, share them with everyone. 

 

January 01 – Special late night New Year’s Day Carnival Ball

January 03 – The Elgin Folk Music Club presents the “Love Me Do” boys The Beatles plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

January 10 – Findhorn Water Ski Club present the easy beat vocal trio The Dale Sisters plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

January 17 – The Scottish Promotion Association present a double starred attraction with the boy of “Steel Men” fame Roy Whitaker plus The Cresters featuring Mike Sagar

January 25 – Anita Harris

January 31 – Elgin Jazz Club present Mike Berry

February 21 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club dance featuring Jeannie Lambe plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

February 28 – The Elgin Folk Music Club present The Baron Knights (sic) plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 01 – Anita Harris

March 14 – The Scottish Promotion Agency presents The Federals plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 21 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club Dance with Lorne Gibson Trio plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 28 – Findhorn Water Ski Club present Craig Douglas plus The Ed Corrie London Jazzband

March 29 – Charities Ball

April 04 – The Moray Dance Club presents The Original Checkmates plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 11 – The Malcolm Nixon Agency presents The Grampian Teenbeat Showband featuring Andrew Tully, Sheila Mitchell, Johnny Hudson, Tony Sinclair

April 18 – The Moray Rugby Club presents The Alan Elsdon Jazzband with Mick Emery

April 24 – Over 25s Night Dancing to The Alex. Sutherland Sextet Waitress service from the cafe will be available during these Wednesday dances. Coffees, teas, snacks, meals, etc. will be served

April 25 – Dance featuring The Alex. Sutherland Sextet after the Karl Denver show in Town Hall

May 02 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents The Alex Welsh Jazz Band seen above with “Beale Street Blues”

May 09 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

May 16 – The Elgin Dance Club presents The Big Three

May 23 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents Danny Williams plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. It wasn’t uncommon for Albert Bonici to place two adverts in the papers for the same event. The two above come from the Elgin Courant. What surprises me is that no-one bothered to check and see that on one it’s the Racing Pigeon Club while the other has it listed as association. What on earth was going on?

May 30 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Brad Newman plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 06 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Mike Berry And The Innocents plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 13 – The Moray Rugby Club presents a 3-Band Show. Johnny and Mike plus The Shades plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 20 – The Elgin Folk Music Club present Eden Kane‘s younger brother Wes Sands plus The Le Roys plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. Wes Sands was in reality Clive Sarstedt, who was managed by the legendary Joe Meek. Despite being in the business at this time, it would take him another 13 years to get into the charts as a one-hit wonder. In 1976, using his middle name of Robin he eventually made it with a cover of the old Hoagy Carmichael hit, “My Resistance Is Low”.

June 27 – The Moray Dance Club presents two Star Attraction – Don CharlesThe Irish International Monarchs Showband plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 04 – The Scottish Jazz Promoters Association presents Don Spencer plus Fireball XL5 plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. While the advert clearly states Fireball XL5, I doubt there was such a band. Don Spencer hit the U.K. charts in March with a song called “Fireball” which was used as the theme for Gerry Anderson’s hit TV series, “Fireball XL5”. Here it is in all it’s glory. Spencer would later make his name as Australia’s favourite children’s TV entertainer and found the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. He also happen’s to be Russell Crowe’s father-in-law!

July 11 – Findhorn Water Ski Club present The Clearways plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 18 – The Malcolm Nixon Agency presents Soul Byron and The Impacts plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

Tuesdays 7.30 – 11.30 p.m. Record Roundabout. Your disc jockey – Alex McArthur

July 25 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents Rockin’ Henry and The Hayseeds plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 01 – The Moray Dance Club presents Neil Landon and The Burnettes (featuring Noel Redding on guitar)

August 08 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Jill Graham plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 15 – The Moray Rugby Club presents Elgin Holiday Dance with 2 top London groups. Originator of the “Sidewalk” Tony Holland and the famous Packabeats plus Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

August 20 – Record Roundabout. Guest band The New Sabres

August 21 – Over-25s Night. Miss Anita Harris

August 22 – The Elgin Folk Music Club presents the young American singer Ronnie Hall plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 29 – The Moray Dance Club presents the young Decca recording artist Dev Douglas plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet (Hear ‘Dev’ on Saturday Club this Saturday)

September 12 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents The Original Checkmates plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

September 19 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents Jimmy Justice and The Excheckers plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

September 26 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents The Barron Knights with Duke D’Mond plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

October 10 – The Moray Dance Club presents The Caravelles (pictured above) plus Ben Richmond

October 14 – The Scottish Promters Association presents Elgin Holiday Dance with Eddie Le Pard And His Leopards. As from Tuesday, 15th October, the newly formned Eddie And His Leopards will be playing as guest stars each Tuesday night.

October 12 – Teen Beat dance recommences today with Eddie And His Leopards

October 31 – The Elgin Folk Music Club presents The Alex Harvey Big Soul Band plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. The album above was recorded around this time but released in 1964. It’s the only record of Alex and his band from this time. I’ve found a free download of the whole album that you’ll get by clicking this link.

Tuesdays and Saturdays – Eddie Le Pard And His Leopards

November 07 – Moray Dance Club presents the new Merseyside group Ricky Bowden and The Unit ‘4’ plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 09 – (afternoon) Eddie Le Pard And His Leopards

November 09 – (evening) The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 14 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents the new Merseyside sound The Druids plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 21 – The Moray Dance Club presents Johnny And The Copycats plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 23 – (evening) The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 28 – The Scottish Promoters Association presents Mike Cadillac And The Playboys plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 05 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Neil Landon and The Burnettes plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 12 – The Moray Dance Club presents Shane Fenton And The Fentones plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 18 – Over-25s Night

December 19 – The Scottish Promoters Association presents Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 20 – Late Night

December 21 – Palais Nite

December 23 – Xmas Roundabout with Eddie Le Pard

December 24 – Moray Rugby Club’s Xmas Eve Carnival Dance

December 25 – Aberdeen University Students’ Campaign Beatnik Ball

December 26 – The Moray Dance Club presents the ex-Big Three group The Seniors

December 27 – Big Beat Echoes

December 28 – Palais Nite

December 30 – New Year Roundabout with Eddie Le Pard

December 31 – Hogmanay Dance

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1963

December 31, 1963

January 01 – Special late night New Year’s Day Carnival Ball

January 03 – The Elgin Folk Music Club presents the “Love Me Do” boys The Beatles plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

January 10 – Findhorn Water Ski Club present the easy beat vocal trio The Dale Sisters plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

January 17 – The Scottish Promotion Association present a double starred attraction with the boy of “Steel Men” fame Roy Whitaker plus The Cresters featuring Mike Sagar

January 25 – Anita Harris

January 31 – Elgin Jazz Club present Mike Berry

February 21 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club dance featuring Jeannie Lambe plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

February 28 – The Elgin Folk Music Club present The Baron Knights (sic) plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 01 – Anita Harris

March 14 – The Scottish Promotion Agency presents The Federals plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 21 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club Dance with Lorne Gibson Trio plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

March 28 – Findhorn Water Ski Club present Craig Douglas plus The Ed Corrie London Jazzband

March 29 – Charities Ball

April 04 – The Moray Dance Club presents The Original Checkmates plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 11 – The Malcolm Nixon Agency presents The Grampian Teenbeat Showband featuring Andrew Tully, Sheila Mitchell, Johnny Hudson, Tony Sinclair

April 18 – The Moray Rugby Club presents The Alan Elsdon Jazzband with Mick Emery

April 24 – Over 25s Night Dancing to The Alex. Sutherland Sextet Waitress service from the cafe will be available during these Wednesday dances. Coffees, teas, snacks, meals, etc. will be served

April 25 – Dance featuring The Alex. Sutherland Sextet after the Karl Denver show in Town Hall

May 02 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents The Alex Welsh Jazz Band seen above with “Beale Street Blues”

May 09 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

May 16 – The Elgin Dance Club presents The Big Three

May 23 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents Danny Williams plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. It wasn’t uncommon for Albert Bonici to place two adverts in the papers for the same event. The two above come from the Elgin Courant. What surprises me is that no-one bothered to check and see that on one it’s the Racing Pigeon Club while the other has it listed as association. What on earth was going on?

May 30 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Brad Newman plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 06 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Mike Berry And The Innocents plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 13 – The Moray Rugby Club presents a 3-Band Show. Johnny and Mike plus The Shades plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 20 – The Elgin Folk Music Club present Eden Kane‘s younger brother Wes Sands plus The Le Roys plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. Wes Sands was in reality Clive Sarstedt, who was managed by the legendary Joe Meek. Despite being in the business at this time, it would take him another 13 years to get into the charts as a one-hit wonder. In 1976, using his middle name of Robin he eventually made it with a cover of the old Hoagy Carmichael hit, “My Resistance Is Low”.

June 27 – The Moray Dance Club presents two Star Attraction – Don CharlesThe Irish International Monarchs Showband plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 04 – The Scottish Jazz Promoters Association presents Don Spencer plus Fireball XL5 plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. While the advert clearly states Fireball XL5, I doubt there was such a band. Don Spencer hit the U.K. charts in March with a song called “Fireball” which was used as the theme for Gerry Anderson’s hit TV series, “Fireball XL5”. Here it is in all it’s glory. Spencer would later make his name as Australia’s favourite children’s TV entertainer and found the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. He also happen’s to be Russell Crowe’s father-in-law!

July 11 – Findhorn Water Ski Club present The Clearways plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 18 – The Malcolm Nixon Agency presents Soul Byron and The Impacts plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

Tuesdays 7.30 – 11.30 p.m. Record Roundabout. Your disc jockey – Alex McArthur

July 25 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents Rockin’ Henry and The Hayseeds plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 01 – The Moray Dance Club presents Neil Landon and The Burnettes (featuring Noel Redding on guitar)

August 08 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents Jill Graham plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 15 – The Moray Rugby Club presents Elgin Holiday Dance with 2 top London groups. Originator of the “Sidewalk” Tony Holland and the famous Packabeats plus Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters

August 20 – Record Roundabout. Guest band The New Sabres

August 21 – Over-25s Night. Miss Anita Harris

August 22 – The Elgin Folk Music Club presents the young American singer Ronnie Hall plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

August 29 – The Moray Dance Club presents the young Decca recording artist Dev Douglas plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet (Hear ‘Dev’ on Saturday Club this Saturday)

September 12 – The Elgin Ladies’ Hockey Club presents The Original Checkmates plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

September 19 – Lossiemouth Racing Pigeon Club presents Jimmy Justice and The Excheckers plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

September 26 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents The Barron Knights with Duke D’Mond plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

October 10 – The Moray Dance Club presents The Caravelles (pictured above) plus Ben Richmond

October 14 – The Scottish Promters Association presents Elgin Holiday Dance with Eddie Le Pard And His Leopards. As from Tuesday, 15th October, the newly formned Eddie And His Leopards will be playing as guest stars each Tuesday night.

October 12 – Teen Beat dance recommences today with Eddie And His Leopards

October 31 – The Elgin Folk Music Club presents The Alex Harvey Big Soul Band plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. The album above was recorded around this time but released in 1964. It’s the only record of Alex and his band from this time. I’ve found a free download of the whole album that you’ll get by clicking this link.

Tuesdays and Saturdays – Eddie Le Pard And His Leopards

November 07 – Moray Dance Club presents the new Merseyside group Ricky Bowden and The Unit ‘4’ plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 09 – (afternoon) Eddie Le Pard And His Leopards

November 09 – (evening) The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 14 – The Elgin Jazz Club presents the new Merseyside sound The Druids plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 21 – The Moray Dance Club presents Johnny And The Copycats plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 23 – (evening) The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

November 28 – The Scottish Promoters Association presents Mike Cadillac And The Playboys plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 05 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Neil Landon and The Burnettes plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 12 – The Moray Dance Club presents Shane Fenton And The Fentones plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 18 – Over-25s Night

December 19 – The Scottish Promoters Association presents Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

December 20 – Late Night

December 21 – Palais Nite

December 23 – Xmas Roundabout with Eddie Le Pard

December 24 – Moray Rugby Club’s Xmas Eve Carnival Dance

December 25 – Aberdeen University Students’ Campaign Beatnik Ball

December 26 – The Moray Dance Club presents the ex-Big Three group The Seniors

December 27 – Big Beat Echoes

December 28 – Palais Nite

December 30 – New Year Roundabout with Eddie Le Pard

December 31 – Hogmanay Dance

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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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