1967

December 31, 1967

The contrast between The Two Red Shoes and The Ballerina Ballroom in Nairn is quite shocking. Only two big-name bands played Elgin in 1967 whereas at least 10 played Nairn. Why Bonici’s ballroom in the smaller of the two towns should have proved more successful at this period is a mystery.

What is clear however, is that the Elgin venue had become boring and outdated. There was little change in the resident band although Bonici did have several bands circulating around his other dance halls. No matter how popular The Jimmy Martin Band was, it was crazy to have them play almost every night the venue was open. It seems the glory days were really over for The Two Red Shoes despite Pink Floyd playing on July 19th. I’m assuming their appearance was once again down to the relationship built up with Brian Epstein. It’s possible that Albert was contracually obliged to take them for a set number of dates.

Regular dancing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday to the Jimmy Martin resident band

January 18, 20, 21 – Julie Grant will be appearing as guest vocalist

Wednesdays – Over 25’s Night 9.30 – 11.45 p.m.

Fridays – Late Night 9.30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Saturdays – Palais Night 9 – 11.45 p.m.

February 8, 10, 11 – Miss Donna Douglas with Jimmy Martin Dance Band

February 14 – Valentine Dance with The Web from Manchester

March 01 – Dale Adriatico. All the way from the Phillipines. The most up and coming new vocalist with a voice like Sinatra

March 22 – Miss Jackie Day as guest vocalist

March 24 – Miss Jackie Day as guest vocalist

April 19, 21, 22 – Sheena Duff as guest vocalist

May 10, 12, 13 – Jackie Rogers as guest vocalist

May 30 – M.D.E. Queen Heat Two with Haddock’s Rockhouse plus The T-Set

June 27 – They’re back: Scotland’s top group after yet another action-packed German Tour. The scene is set for the fabulous Copycats plus The Dollies and The Mixture


July 12, 14, 15 – Donna Douglas as guest vocalist

July 20 – Pink Floyd plus The Copycats. I’ve been told that only 12 people attended this concert. The advert above is typical of Albert Bonici‘s over the top promotion skills. It turns out that the way-out lighting was provided by Graham Nairn who took charge of the Two Red Shoes Light(s) and tried to add some atmosphere to the event!

To give you a taste of what Pink Floyd were like and what their way-out light show should have been like, here they are at the legendary UFO CLub in London from March of this year. The footage is from a German documentary film called Die Jungen Nachtwandler (The Young Nightcrawler), about the British musical scene in the sixties. The director Edmund Wolf also appears on the clip for a short comment. It’s fascinating as it shows how the audience reacted to the music as well as what it was like in a club at this time.  

August 03 – Paul And Barry Ryan (seen above with “Have Pity On The Boy”) plus The Copycats

August 29 – Mama’s Little Children

September 05 – The Freddie Mack Show

September 06, 08, 09 – Sheena Duff

The advert above is from the Northern Scot and the listing below is from the Elgin Courant. Why neither contains the others date(s) is anyone’s guess.

September 27, 29, 30 – Judy Cannon presents her own brand of music. Dancing to the music of The Jimmy Martin Band

November 04 – The Jimmy Martin Band with Kathleen Ogg

November 08, 10, 11 – By special request! The return of the irrepressible and vivacious Judy Cannon

November 17 – The Modelles

November 18 – Dancing for all with The Jimmy Martin Band

November 21 – Freddie Mack And His Road Show (all sixteen pieces of it)

November 28 – It’s the new Cash Boutique Queen. Heat 2. Win a fabulous nylon fur coat!

December 06, 08, 09 – Entertainment at its best with the scintillating and vivacious Sheena Duff

Come dancing every Wednesday – Over 25’s Night, Friday – Late Night, Saturday – Palais Night with The Jimmy Martin Band

December 24 – It’s the Midnight Special with Circle. Prizes! hats! Novelties! Streamers! Under the direction of top dee-jay Keith Taylor

December 25 – SJPA present The Jim Martin Band

December 27 – Young Liberals’ Association present The Jim Martin Band

December 29 – Jim Martin Band

December 30 – Jim Martin Band

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1966

December 31, 1966

January 01 – Carnival Dance

January 03 – Elgin Jazz Club New Year Revels. Dancing to The Jimmy Martin Band

January 06 – Aberdeen Students’ Charities Campaign “Rout 66” Music by The Facells

January 17 – SJPA presents Sounds Incorporated plus Sol Byron and The Senate

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays Dancing as usual to The Jimmy Martin Band with Alyson Armstrong

Starting Tuesday February 01 – The Verandah Discotheque dancing to top pops featuring disc jockey Douglas Eames in the colourful atmosphere of the London disc-clubs

February 03 – The Mindbenders

February 10 – The Copycats

Elgin Courant Wednesday February 16, 1966: Every Tuesday – Top Of The Pops presented by disc dolly Miss Eithnie Alexander

February 24 – The Poets

March 10 – Aberdeen Students’ Charities’ Campaign “Run Riot ’66” featuring The Four Pennies

April 01 – The Students Charities Ball. Bar, breakfasts, three bands

Wednesdays – Over 25’s Night, Fridays – Late Nite, Saturdays – Palais Nite with Allysun Armstrong and the Jimmy Martin Band

April 21 – The Return of that “With-It” B.B.C. TV show Stramash satrring Sol ByronThe Three BellsThe Senate

June 16 – Another big show special with The Mindbenders and The Drovers

July 21 – The Moody Blues and The Copycats

Elgin Courant for Wednesday, July 27 announces that as of Friday 29th July, the big centre for the Friday Night Beat Scene is now Keith.

Whatever Albert Bonici’s reasons were for moving the Thursday headline acts from Elgin to Keith it was a sign of problems with the Two Red Shoes. The Ballerina Ballroom had opened in January and already it had taken over from his Elgin venue. Why this should have been the case is anyone’s guess, Nairn had a much smaller population than Elgin and Keith’s was smaller still.

It has been suggested that Elgin was in the grip of a serious gang problem and it was no longer safe for dancers to come from places like Forres despite buses being laid on. Any insight into this would be most helpful.  

Elgin Courant August 03 carries the advert “Regular dancing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday to the Jimmy Martin Band with Eithnie Alexander

August 04 – The Whingdinger Beat Show with The Overlanders and The Copycats

Elgin Courant August 10 carries the advert “Regular dancing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday to the Jimmy Martin Band and vocalist Deirdre Cameron

October 06 – For the Jet Set and High Camp followers, it’s Teen-Beat starring The Flintlocks. The fabulous Australian group now touring Britain with their own “Down-Under” sound.

December 15 – The Rebel Sound plus The T-Set

December 29 – Krazy Karnival Knight. Admission for only 1d if it’s dated 1953. Two admitted for 1d if it’s dated 1950 and six admitted for 1d if it’s dated 1951. Free entry for curly-toothed creeps or Bald Bearded Dolls. Starring The Agents plus The Throb

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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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