Take a look at the “Regular Bands” page for a great posting from James Shand or “Shannies”. I love his story about supporting David and Jonathan. It’s always amazes me the things that support bands saw and had to put up with. Shannies’ posting just goes to illustrate this.

I’m heading for the library in Nairn again and I’ll get my listings extended up to 1972 at least. The listing for 1969 will be online some time tonight.

The Rebel Sounds

August 21, 2008

I got a rather touching comment this evening from Drew Green, son of the late Benton who was a member of The Rebel Sounds. He asked if I could email him any photos or cuttings I have on the band but unfortunately all I have is on this blog.

I’m sure that some of the readers of this blog must have more than I do and possibly more important, memories of the band they might share with us and Drew. The blog was intended as a forum for memories and from my point of view it would be great to hear what people thought of The Rebel Sounds as they were obviously crowd pleasers or they would never have played the Ballerina so often.

Needless to say, my comment applies to anyone who played there. If you remember a group and enjoyed them, please share it with us.


December 31, 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