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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!

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

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

1966

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