December 31, 1966

January 21 – Grand Opening. Sounds Inc. plus The Ballerina Band.

Considering the promoter,  Albert Bonici, had a well established series of venues for many years, it’s odd he should have waited so long to open at the Ballerina. He had regular dances at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, the Assembly Rooms and the Town Hall in Elgin, Victoria Ballroom in Forres, the Public Hall in Craigellachie, the Fisherman’s Hall in Buckie and Longmore Hall, Keith.

He had also used the Regal Ballroom in Leopold Street back in 1960 when The Beatles (then known as The Silver Beetles) played as support to Johnny Gentle for his tour of Scotland. I’d be interested to know how much Bonici used the Regal before the opening of the Ballerina and if he was staging regular dances there.

January 28 – The Highland Press Club presents Malcolm Clarke and The Cresters

February 04 – The Caley F.C. Supporters Club featuring The Mindbenders. Seen here, as they were at the Ballerina – without Wayne Fontana – with “Groovy Kind Of Love”. If the guy on guitar and lead vocals looks familiar, it’s because he’s Eric Stewart who made it to mega stardom in the 70’s as a member of 10cc.

February 11 –Johnny And The Copycats

February 12 – The Facells plus The Graham Nairne 7 with guest, ex-Jacobeats singer, Terry Russell

February 18 – North of Scotland 2nd XI presents The Stramash Show with The Bell Sisters, Peter London, Sol Byron and The Senate

February 19 – New Style Saturday Night Dancing featuring The Flock with guest, ex-Jacobeats singer, Terry Russell

February 25 – The Poets. Here they are with “Now We’re Thru”.

February 26 – The Royal Teens plus The Graham Nairne 7 with singer Terry Russell

March 04 – The Facells plus The Graham Nairne 7

March 05 – The Souls plus Terry Russell plus The Graham Nairne 7

March 18 – The Four Pennies

March 25 – The Klansmen

March 26 – Ballerina Big Beat Nite with The Oreogons plus The Graham Nairne 7

April 01 – Neil Landon with The Colin Anthony Combo

April 02 – Ballerina Big Beat Nite with Size 4

April 15 – The Habits

April 22 – Stramash with Sol Byron plus The Senate plus The Rebel Sounds

April 29 – The Applejacks. While I was looking for a live clip of the band, I found this. It’s the Pathe newsreel of the wedding of two members from last year. Crazy to think that you might have watched this at the cinema back in ’65!

May 06 – St. Louis Union

May 13 – McKinlay Sisters

May 27 – The Honeycombs plus The Rebel Sounds. Here are The Honeycombs with “Have I The Right”

June 03 – Julie Grant plus The Graham Nairne Set and The Flock

June 10 – The Foundations plus The Graham Nairne Set

June 17 – David and Jonathan plus The Graham Nairne Set and Deirdre Cameron. Here’s David and Jonathan with “Lovers Of The World Unite” which will peak at number 7 in the charts on July 7th.

June 24 – The Truth

July 01 – Winners of the South of Scotland Festival Beat Championship 1966 – The Beachcombers

July 08 – Sounds Incorporated. Here they are from the NME Poll Winners’ Concert later in the year.

July 15 – The Rebel Sounds plus The New Jacobeats

July 22 – Two Band Show – The Quantrelles plus The Size

July 27 – Boutique Dance with Mannequin Parade – The Copycats

July 29 – Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, seen above with “I Can’t Stand It”.

August 03 – Special Summer Dance also featuring Beauty Queen Contest – The Copycats plus The Rebel Sound

August 05 – Neil Landon And The Burnettes

August 10 – Contest Special with ‘Miss Mod Gear’ – The Copycats plus The Soundcasters

August 12 – Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours plus The Soundcasters

August 17 – Miss Mini Skirt – The Facells

August 19 – Heinz plus The Soundcasters and Me And The Others

August 20 – The Oreogons

August 26 – The Drovers plus The Flock

August 27 – The Soundcasters

August 31 – The Raging Storms

September 02 – The Chuckles plus The Soundcasters

September 03 – The Oddity

September 09 – Swinging Blue Jeans plus The New Jacobeats

September 16 – The Beatstalkers plus The Rebel Sounds

September 23 – The Drovers plus The Phantoms

September 30 – The Klondykes plus The Soundcasters

October 07 – The Flintlocks plus The Flock

October 14 – The Chris-Do-Lynns plus The Rebel Sounds plus The New Jacobeats

October 21 – It’s The fabulous Sandie Shaw’s Backing Group – The Escorts plus The Phantoms

October 28 – The Quantrelles plus The Soundcasters

November 04 – Times plus Bootleggers

November 11 – The Crazy Late Nite. Admission only costs 1d, if the penny is dated 1951, 1952 or 1953 – Normal Price Of Admission 6/11 1/2d. The Dawn Breakers plus The Klansmen plus The 3 Blind Mice

November 18 – The Koobas plus The Throb. This is the Koobas on the German pop show, “Beat Beat Beat” on September 23rd, playing “Shake” and “Take Me For A Little While”.

November 25 – The Honeycombs plus The Mike Curtis Set

December 02 – Wayne Fontana and The Opposition plus The Rebel Sounds

December 09 – 1) The Beatstalkers 2) Garry and The Highlanders 3) The T-Set

December 16 – The Mojos plus The Soundcasters

December 23 – ‘The Krazy Xmas Kappers’ Show’ with The Royal Teens plus The New Phantoms

December 26 – Aberdeen Students’ Charities’ Campaign Punch Ball present The Agents plus The Blue Stars

December 30 – Phase Five plus The T-Set