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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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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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

© Copyright 2008-2010. Roy Deane, Rockmine Archives. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without approval.