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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1965

December 31, 1965

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

January 03 – Elgin Jazz Club presents Midnite Holiday Dance. Music by The Alex. Sutherland Band with Alyson Armstrong.

January 07 – Special Teenage Dance “Beat Away The New Year Blues” Johnny And The J.P.s plus The Copycats

January 13 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

January 14 – Moray Dance Club presents Dave Berry And The Cruisers. Here’s Dave with Little Things which would hit the chart in March.

January 15 – Late Night

January 16 – Palais Night

January 21 – The Copycats

January 26 – Tuesday Teen Beat Dancing recommences. Dancing to The Copycats

January 28 – SJPA presents Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders with The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. Here are Wayne and The Mindbenders performing  “Game Of Love” which will enter the chart next week and hit the number two spot and “Just A Little Bit Too Late”.

February 04 – Lulu And The Lovers

February 09 – The Leopards

February 18 – Moray Dance Club presents ex-Beatles‘ Drummer The Jimmy Nicol Sound plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

February 23 – Teenbeat Dancing “The Eagle Force Seven” Group

February 24 – Over 25’s Night

February 25 – Elgin Folk Music Club presents Big Beat Night with Malcolm Clarke And The Cresters, George Washington and the Senators, The Stepping Stones, The Leopards, The Jacobeats, The Alex. Sutherland Band

March 11 – The Swinging Blue Jeans, seen above with “Shake, Rattle And Roll” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” from last year’s NME Pollwinners Concert.

March 18 – The Honeycombs

March 25 – Elgin Jazz Club presents Them

April 08 – Moray Dance Club presents Unit 4 + 2 (seen here with “Concrete And Clay”) plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 15 – Goldie And The Gingerbreads plus The Boomerangs and The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 22 – The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

April 29 – Irish Showband The Viceroys and Liverpool recording group The Mighty Avengers

May 06 – Elgin Jazz Club presents The “I Can’t Explain” Group The Who plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

May 13 – Findhorn Water Ski Club presents Neil Landon And The Burnettes

May 27 – The Searchers plus The Rats

June 03 – Moray Dance Club presents The Measles plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 10 – SJPA presents The Fabulous Lectrones plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

June 17 – Irish Showband The Drumbeats

June 24 – Moray Dance Club presents The Four Pennies plus The Alex. Sutherland Sextet

July 15 – Modern Dancing Enterprises “Night Of The Beat People”

July 22 – Fitz-N-Starts

August 02 – Elgin Jazz Club “Holiday Dance”

August 11 – Over 25’s Night

August 12 – Star Night with Johnny Peters And The J.P.s

August 13 – Late Night

August 14 – Palais Night

August 18 – Over 25’s Night

August 20 – Late Night

August 21 – Palais Night

August 25 – Over 25’s Night

August 26 – Kris Ryan And The Questions

August 27 – Late Night

August 28 – Palais Night

September 01 – Over 25’s Night

September 02 – No Dance

September 03 – Late Night

September 04 – Palais Night

September 08 – Over 25’s Night

September 09 – The Manchester Playboys

September 10 – Late Night

September 11 – Palais Night

September 15 – Over 25’s Night

September 16 – Elgin Dance Club presents The Peasants and The Jimmy Martin Band

September 17 – Late Night

September 18 – Palais Night

September 23 – Elgin Jazz Club presents The Toggery Five plus The Groundhogs. The Toggery Five were a Manchester band named after a clothes shop in Southport. They only released two singles. This, their second, “I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys”, was written by Andrew Loog Oldham and Keith Richards.

October 01 – Late Night with The Sandy West Dance Band

October 02 – Palais Night

October 07 – Moray Dance Club presents The Mighty Avengers plus The Delinks

October 12 – Moray Dance Club presents The Ivy League, seen here with their number 8 hit from earlier this year, “Funny How Love Can Be”.

October 14 – Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen

October 21 – Thursday’s Chart Cart – The new style Thursday night entertainment to the jet set with Douglas Eames as resident D.J. All the tops from the pops with special guest group The Kubas

October 28 – Elgin Folk Music Club present The group to set the heather on fire George Fame And The Blue Flames

November 09 – SJP Association present The Nashville Teens, seen above performing “Tobacco Road” on the U.S. TV show, Shindig! back in March.

November 11 – Chart Cart Nite. Guest group Phil Ryan And The Crescents

November 18 – Chart Cart Nite. Guest group The Washington D.C.s

November 25 – Chart Cart Nite. Guest group The Powerhouse Six plus Johnny Cannon

The Northern Scot dated Saurday December 4th, 1965 carried the notification “Thursday dancing discontinued until further notice”

December 17 – Sounds Incorporated

December 24 – Christmas Eve Carnival Dance

December 25 – Christmas Day Dance

December 30 – The Copycats Fan Club present after their successful two-moth tour of the German high spots a welcome home to The Copycats in their Mask ball ’65 (Bring your own face and we’ll supply the mask)

December 31 – Hogmanay Dance

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