August 19, 2008

The complete listing for 1968 is now online. You’ll get to it from the box on the right. I’ll be adding the video clips tomorrow!

I wonder if anyone can help with this. I’ve an article from The Sun dated October 23, 2000 in which it clearly states “Seven years later Johnny quit the band and they hired unknown musician Elton John.” Checking all the biographies I’ve got on Elton, I can’t find any mention of it.

In 1969/70, I think The Copycats would have been known as My Dear Watson and still playing the Ballerina. Does anyone remember this?

Find A Year

August 18, 2008

It seemed really confusing to have to scroll through every post to get to 1966 for example, so I’ve changed the blog layout. The box to the right of the postings will give the archives. If you want to see 1966, just click on December 1966 and you’ll get the complete year. Hope that makes life easier. If not, please tell me!

Flyers Done!

August 16, 2008

I came up with over 1,400 flyers and all I’ve got left is a small bundle. Everyone that I asked has taken them. The Ballerina Ballroom needless to say, the library and the classroom wine bar. Add to that posters in nearly every shop and office that carries posters and I’ve done as much as I can. All I need to do now is get the missing 6 months online and I’ll be up to date again.

It seems there are more hacks here now than tourists. There was one in the library when I was on the microfiche. Three in the Classroom wine bar and at least one laden snapper, presumably told to go find some pics for the Sundays. I even borrowed one’s laptop to access my mail! I better not say who he worked for!

My great disappointment is that no-one came up to me in the street. I’m here for the last time I think. Tomorrow, I’d intended returning for John Byrne’s film in the evening but he sent me a text this afternoon to say there were none. C’est la vie! Seems he asked Tilda if she had any but there are none to be had. A second screening has been mentioned but I think that’s going to be unlikely.

Ballerina Flyer Day

August 16, 2008

Maybe it’s me being here but the rain has stayed away and is giving Nairn its first dry Highland Games in three years. It’s a quick visit to get flyers passed out in various places in town and what I’d like to call “posters” for the blog but they’re nothing more than A4 sheets that I’m hoping will get input from anyone that sees them.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to stop me in the street and tell me some of your stories or give me advice on how to get a better blog experience up. Okay, I know the answer to that one – TIME! I really will get round to adding some of the gig adverts, pop columns from The Northern Scot and pictures of the North East bands that played here.

Seriously, if you want to, just stop and say hello. You probably can’t miss me. One of the women in landbrokes (honest, I wasn’t betting but asking about their old shop) said she thought John Lennon had walked in. If that isn’t enough of a give away I’ll also be carrying a silver carrier bag full of flyers. Of course, I may not be carrying it if I get rid of them all but I digress.

Failing that, you’ll find me in the library for some time before they shut staring at the microfiche reader and getting the dates for 1967 that are missing from yesterday’s listing. Please don’t call me John, my name’s Roy!

Talking of the pop columns, there’s one fantastic piece around the time that Cream played the Ballerina. Eric Clapton had given an interview to one of the music papers in which he decried the fans in Scotland. On reading it, or more likely hearing of it, Albert Bonici, the promoter defiantly stated that he’d make sure Clapton never played here again! Little did he realize the status Eric would achieve.

Okay, that’s it for now. I’ll see you in town or you can catch up with the missing dates later.


August 15, 2008


This year is incomplete. I’ve been relying on The Northern Scott for listings of Albert Bonici‘s events but they missed out all the Ballerina gigs until May 1967. Since then, I’ve discovered the Nairnshire Telegraph which did list everything. The first part of 1967 will be up as soon as possible. Anyway, until then, enjoy what’s here.

May 05 The Alan Price Set plus The T-Set. The clip above comes from the German TV show “Beat Club” and features Alan Price performing “Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear”.

July 07 Cream plus Newton’s Theory with its Go-Go Girls. The gig was cancelled when the van carrying the band’s equipment failed to turn up.

July 10 Cream return to play their concert. The rare footage above is from the Paris Pop Festival staged last month, the track is “We’re Going Wrong” and shows the band at the peak of their career.

July 21 Pink Floyd. “See Emily Play” was climbing the charts and here the band are miming to it on a Belgian TV show.
July 28 Gino Washington and The Ram Jam Band plus The Copy Cats

August 18 The Small Faces – concert cancelled.
August 31 Zoot Money and his new group Dantalion’s Chariot plus The T-Set

September 08 The Freddie Mack Show
September 15 The Throb plus The Life N’ Soul
September 22 Tony Merrick plus The T-Set

October 06 The Who plus Gideon’s Few. The Who were in the charts with “I Can See For Miles” and here it is In Colour from The Smothers Brothers TV Show.
October 13 The Beatstalkers plus The Rebel Sound

October 20 The Four Shades Of Blue plus The T-Set
October 27 The Tamala Express plus The Beatroute

November 03 The Rhubarb plus The Barons
November 10 Clock-work Orange plus Last Chapter
November 17 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

December 01 The Delroy Williams Show plus Keith Taylor

December 08 The Troggs plus The Throb. Here are the Troggs with their original version of “Love Is All Around” which got to number 5 in October. The promo film is typically surreal for the time but gives great glimpses of the band on stage and in transit to gigs.

December 15 Symon Dupree. Ok, you and I both know that it should be Simon Dupree but the adverts carry a “y”. Here he is with The Big Sound performing “Kites” which hit the top ten last month. The video’s a bit jumpy but it does show exactly how the band were on stage.
December 22 Cash Boutique Queen For 1967. Grand Final
December 25 Aberdeen Students’ Charities’ Campaign present Their Xmas Beatnik Ball with The Circle plus The T-Set
December 29 The 1967 Last Fling with The Middle Earth plus The T-Set


December 31, 1971

January 01 – Spiggy Topes

January 08 – Mr. Fantasy

January 15 – Agatha’s Moment plus Bones

January 22 – Bodkin plus My Dear Watson

January 29 – Gully Foyle

February 05 – Grit

February 12 – Pick Up

February 19 – Fractured Ham Sandwich

February 26 – Christie plus My Dear Watson

March 05 – Cottage

March 12 – Royal Teens

March 19 – Agatha’s Moment plus Kristoff And The Dancers

March 26 – Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band plus Spiggy Topes

April 02 – My Dear Watson plus Bones

April 09 – Julian’s Garden

April 16 – Chicken Shack featuring one of Britain’s best guitarists Stan Webb supported by Jynx

April 23 – Billy Steele Combo

April 30 – Sudden Life

May 07 – Bay City Rollers, Edinburgh’s fabulous pop band

May 14 – Verge – One of the best from Glasgow

May 21 – Another great from Glasgow – Nickelson

May 28 – Toby Jug

June 04 – The new sound of “Writing On The Wall” – “Ears” featuring singer Linnie Paterson

June 11 – Our own great pop band – Windy Miller

June 18 – Beggar’s Opera plus Four In A Bush

June 25 – My Dear Watson

July 02 – A great pop band from Glasgow – Flight

July 04 – Grand opening of Fanny’s Sunday Scene plus Phoenix

July 09 – Humperdincks

July 11 – Fanny’s Sunday Scene plus My Dear Watson

July 16 – Manfred Mann

July 18 – Fanny’s Sunday Scene plus Humperdincks

July 23 – Bay City Rollers

July 26 – Beggar’s Opera

July 30 – Lordy

August 01 – Fanny’s Sunday Scene plus My Dear Watson

August 06 – Sunshine

August 08 – Fanny’s Sunday Scene plus Sunshine

August 11 – Slade

August 13 – Teargas

August 15 – Fanny’s Sunday Scene plus My Dear Watson

August 20 – Windy Miller

August 27 – From Aberdeen – Pick Up

September 03 – From Glasgow – Priory

September 04 – My Dear Watson

September 09 – Fleetwood Mac

September 10 – One of Edinburgh’s best – Index

September 17 – Beggar’s Opera plus Goliath

September 24 – Verge

October 01 – Phoenix

October 08 – Priory

October 15 – My Dear Watson

October 22 – Merlin (Magical sound from Glasgow)

October 26 – Beggar’s Opera

October 29 – Herman’s Hermits plus Goliath

November 05 – Mickey Finn

November 12 – My Dear Watson

November 19 – Boogie from Glasgow

November 26 – Billy Steele Combo

December 03 – Nickelson

December 10 – Levi

December 17 – Mr. Fantasy

December 24 – A Xmas Event with Beggar’s Opera plus Pick Up

December 26 – Windy Miller