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.

1967

August 15, 2008

1967

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

1969

December 31, 1969

January 01 – The T-Set

January 17 – Impact

January 23 – Marmalade. Here they are with “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” which hit number one in the U.K. charts last month.

January 24 – The T-Set

January 31 – The Rogues

February 07 – Archimedes Principle

February 13 – Symon Dupree (sic) plus The Charge Of The Light Brigade

February 14 – Valentine Queen Special starring The Charge Of The LIght Brigade

February 21 – Spectacular 3 Band Rave. The Royal Teens plus The Probe plus The Grey Wooly Affair

February 28 – Marjorine

March 07 – Krisis

March 14 – Power Vane

March 21 – The Whiskas plus The T-Set

March 28 – Skippin’ Rope ‘N’ Bangles

March 30 – The Lucky Charms

April 04 – Gully Foyle

April 11 – The Albert Fish

April 18 – Taste Of Honey

April 25 – The Power Vane

May 02 – Pearl And Dean Boogaloo Band plus The T-Set

May 09 – The Elizabeathans

May 16 – The Mixture

May 23 – The Candy Carnival

May 30 – Due to Nairn Golf Week, regular Friday night dance will take place in the Victoria Hotel, Forres – Klooks

June 06 – The Illusions

June 08 – Girl Talk

June 13 – The Rogues

June 15 – My Dear Watson

June 20 – The T-Set

June 22 – 10% Butter

June 27 – Mother Hubbard

June 29 – The T-Set

July 04 – The Land Of Love

July 06 – My Dear Watson

July 11 – Russ & Johnny plus My Dear Watson plus The T-Set

July 13 – The Riot Act

July 18 – Chesters plus Bohemians

July 20 – The Riot Act

July 25 – Power Vane plus My Dear Watson

July 27 – My Dear Watson

July 30 – The Tender Plenty plus The Roosters

August 01 – Writing On The Wall

August 03 – The T-Set plus Les Oiseaux

August 08 – Frigsby Dyke and The Rising Sun

August 10 – The T-Set plus disc jockey

August 15 – Illusions

August 17 – Tangerine Atmosphere plus Little Jinny

August 22 – The New Art plus My Dear Watson

August 24 – My Dear Watson

August 29 – The Pram plus Soul Purpose

August 31 – The Rising Sun

September 05 – King Size Keen

September 07 – The Twelfth Night

September 12 – Glamour Night starring Nancy with The Candy Floss

September 14 – Copperplate Movement

September 19 – Writing On The Wall plus The T-Set

September 26 – My Dear Watson plus The 5-Piece London Variations

October 03 – The Aries plus The Facells

October 10 –  “It’s Krazy Night” Marp and The Tes-T

October 17 – The Sugar plus The Spiggy Topes

October 24 – The T-Set

October 28 – The Herd

October 31 – It’s A Hippy Happening For Hallowe’en with Sunshine (ex-Rogues) plus Mother Hubbard

November 07 – My Dear Watson plus The Grey Wooly Affair

November 14 – Treacle

November 21 – The Fabulous Motown Review

November 28 – The T-Set

December 05 – My Dear Watson plus The Grey Wooly Affair

December 12 –  Writing On The Wall

December 19 – Gods Squad

December 24 – Twilight Zone plus Sour Mash plus The Grey Wooly Affair

December 28 – The Trunk Line

1968

December 31, 1968

1968

January 12 – The Floribunda Rose plus The Rebel Sounds. The Floribunda Rose was an Anglo-South African band that had formed in Johannesburg in early 1967. In May of that year, they set off by ship for London in search of fame and fortune. By the time they arrived in England, they didn’t even have a name but came up with this one to tie in with the music scene’s obsession with flower power. Things came to a head for the group when they finished a month long residency at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg and then had to drive all the way to Scotland to start a ten day tour. Two days after playing The Ballerina, guitarist Pete Clifford flew back to South Africa. His duties were taken over by singer John Kongos but the band soon fell apart.

January 19 – The Beatstalkers plus The Sweet Soc

January 26 – The Powerhouse plus The T-Set

February 02 – The Live Wires plus Keith Taylor

February 09 – The Children plus Keith Taylor

February 16 – The Children plus Keith Taylor

February 23 – The group that made the charts backing Paul and Barry RyanThe School

March 01 – The Methode

March 08 – Moray and Nairn Constituency Association S.N.P. present MISS S.N.P. 1968. First of the heats to find the winner who will go forward to the national final. Sash and prizes to winner. Prizes for all. Judging by the nation’s top disc makers. Top of the pops. The Merseys plus The Parchment People. You may not know The Merseys but you will know their only hit, “Sorrow”, which was later covered by david Bowie. Here’s the original.

March 15 – The Scots Of St. James

March 22 – The Fortunes

March 29 – The Live Wires

April 05 – Mr. Marigold Attraction plus The Newcomers

April 12 – Aberdeen Students’ Charities’ Campaign – Secured at no little cost – Sir Percy And The Riot Squad – plus the new – Yesterday’s Mood

April 19 – Three-Band Show – The Zoo plus The T-Set plus The Rogues

April 26 – The Searchers plus The Facells. The Searchers were no longer the force they once were. It had been three years since they even had a top ten hit. Still, they were a great touring band and here they are with “Umbrella Man”.

May 03 – Clubland’s most exciting exotic dancer Margo Delmar. Also starring Mr. Marigold Attraction

May 10 – Floribunda Rose

May 17 – No dance in Nairn. All buses to One Night Special in Forres starring John’s Followers

May 19 – New Sunday Beat Club – Eucalyptus Convention

May 24 – Horror! Horror! Bring your own coffin – We’ve none left! The woodworm and the beatles ate them all! Ghosts admitted free. No spirits allowed. It’s a real scream with The Motion

May 31 – America’s leading coloured soul singer – Nepenthe plus The T-Set plus The Sweet Soc.

June 02 – Dave & Dee’s Playground plus the Eucalyptus Convention

June 07 – Wayne Fontana with the mighty sound of The Opposition

June 09 – The fabulous American soul show – The Hummingbirds featuring the explosive R&B singer Tiger J. Brown. With their dynamic T.N.T. backing group – plus the Eucalyptus Convention

June 14 – The Sponge plus The Royal Teens plus Pedestrians

June 16 – Eucalyptus Convention

June 21 – The Fox

June 23 – Eucalyptus Convention

June 28 – The Herd, seen here from a Beat Club performance on German TV in January with “Paradise Lost”.

July 05 – The Impact plus The T-Set

July 12 – Damson Jam plus the Pedestrians

July 14 – Eucalyptus Convention

July 18 – Nairn Entertainments Committee ‘The Caravaneers Night-Out’ with The Jimmy Martin Quartet

July 19 – My Dear Watson plus The Phase V

July 25 – Holiday Beat Festival with The Mindbenders plus My Dear Watson plus The Yankee Clippers plus The Peeps

July 26 – The mighty Royal Teens

July 28 – My Dear Watson plus the Eucalyptus Convention

August 02 – My Dear Watson

August 04 – The Plague plus the Eucalyptus Convention

August 09 – The Orange Garden

August 11 – Purple Dream plus the Eucalyptus Convention

August 16 – The Delroy Williams Show plus The New Jacobeats featuring the brass section from the Freddie Mack Show

August 18 – The T-Set

August 23 – Fingal McCool plus the Pedestrians

August 25 – The Sweet Soc.

August 30 – The Mint Tulip

September 06 – Newton’s Theory

September 08 – The Pedestrians

September 13 – The Rogues

September 15 – My Dear Watson

September 20 – My Dear Watson

September 22 – The Sweet Soc

September 27 – The Royal Teens

October 04 – Damson Jam

October  11 – The New Mo-Jo Band

October  13 – The Riot Squad

October  18 – The Riot Squad

October  25 – The Casuals plus My Dear Watson. The Casuals were in the charts with “Jesamine” and here it is. 3m 33s.

November 01 – ‘Hi Steppin’ Damson Jam

November 08 – The Beatstalkers plus The T-Set

November 15 – The Rockin’ Preacher

November 22 – The Technicolour Dream

November 29 –  ‘High Steppin’ Damson Jam

December 06 – The Royal Teens

December 13 – Born With Soul plus Peppermint Kreem

December 20 – Tangerine Machine

December 24 – Soul Purpose plus The Trak plus Rising Sun

December 27 – My Dear Watson

December 31 – Charge Of The Light Brigade

1967

December 31, 1967

January 06 – The Washington D.C.’s plus The Rebel Sounds

January 13 – Big Three Star Show – Tomorrow’s People plus Neil Christian plus Chatz and the Scatz-Katz. Here’s Neil Christian with “Two At A Time”. 2m 16s.

January 20 – The Flock plus The Circle plus Go-Go Competition

January 27 – The Magic Lanterns plus The New Jacobeats

February 03 – It’s the “45” all over again, with the sassenachs The In Crowd adainst the Highlanders themselves, the New Jacobeats

February 10 – Valentine’s Queen. Who will be Nairn’s pin-up for 1967? The Throb plus The T-Set

February 17 – The Web plus Oreogons

February 24 – Beatstalkers plus The Style

March 03 – Night Of The Op-Arts. 3 Bands. The Regent V plus The Circle plus The Blues Union

March 10 – The Luvvers plus The T-Set

March 17 – The Facells

March 24 – Hear the beat of the ghostly group with their devilish sound. If you like what’s ‘way out’ then try this spine chilling night of !HORROR!

March 31 –   Fortunes plus The Winston G-Set. Here are the Fortunes with “You’ve Got Your Troubles” from last year’s NME POllwinners Concert. 6m 17s.

April 07 – The Wild Flowers plus a special event for the Mod Man – prizes for The Miniest Shirt. My guess is that tonight’s band was actually The Wilde Flowers, who would see one member from this line-up join Soft Machine and the others form Caravan. Despite their progressive future, the band at this time had a strong soul sound.

April 14 – A 3D ‘Freak Out’ In Weird World Of Psychedelic Sounds And Scenes. No groups listed.

April 21 – The Throb plus The King Pins

April 28 – It’s – Heat Two Of This Year’s May Queen with The Tony Merrick Scene plus The Beatroute

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”.

May 12 – The Steeple-Jacks plus Chatz and the Skat Kats

May 19 – The Pride And The Passion plus The Beatroute

May 26 – Haydock’s Rockhouse plus The Rebel Sounds

June 02 – Wimple Witch playing at the dance to find nairn’s M.D.E. (Modern dancing Enterprises) Queen.

June 09 – Wimple Witch plus The T-Set

June 16 – The Shireens plus The Throb plus The Copycats

June 23 – Final of the Modern dancing Enterprises Queen for 1967 with The Ashley Kaye Group plus The Rebel Sounds

June 30 – Honey Band plus The Tiffany Shell

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. Above is the M.D.E. advert announcing tonight’s scheduled gig from The Northern Scot.

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 12 – The Nairnshire Telegraph carries an advert for The Pink Floyd for this day but the actual date was July 21.

July 14 – The Rebel Sounds

July 15 – The Beatroute

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 – Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band plus The Copy Cats. Here’s Geno with “Michael (He’s A Lover” and “Que Sera Sera”.

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 (pictured below). 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. Seen here on Top Of The Pops with “Zabadak”. 3m 41s.

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