BANFFSHIRE ADVERTISER, THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1963
Wednesday at Fisherman’s Hall
Big Beat Bands At Buckie
Dancers from a wide area will be flocking to Buckie Fisherman’s Hall next Wednesday
for a three-
Formed seven months ago, “Johnny and the Copycats” have done more than many groups
have done in a lifetime. With the drive they have they give the teenagers what they
want – from Blues to Beat, ballad to Country and Western. They are a well-
Singer Johnny Stewart, one time “Apache” singer is a versatile all-
After a nine months lay off, the “Apaches” are in harness again. The original group
was the North of Scotland Rock Champions and the new set-
The original “Apache” leader, Douglas MacLennan plays lead guitar and in his old job at rhythm guitar is John Rennie. Taking over where he left off on bass guitar is Billy McKenzie. Drummer Les Nicholson is a new member but has a lot of experience behind him. The other new members are singers Ken Lawson and Margaret Riddoch.
The third group playing on Wednesday “El Cid and the Commancheros” is a group with positive ideas on the music they play – Big Beat – Big Sound – with a hint of Rhythm and Blues seeping into their programme. This group has been formed for six months but has plenty of experience having been regular entertainers at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom and great favourties in Aberdeen and the South.
At the moment they are negotiating for a possible three weeks’ tour of Germany. This is an indication of their progressive ideas and positive aims. Wednesday’s performance is their first appearance in this area.
Nearly all the members of this group have had experience with other groups. Singer Sid Weaver has had professional experience with the “Misfits” “Midnights” and “Deputies” before joining the “Commancheros”. Lead guitarist Ian Taylor is another ex “Midnighter” with a lot of experience. Rhythm guitarist Eric Bruce has been a “Commancherro” from the start and is a fine player, capable of playing lead if called on,bass guitarist Billy Richardson played with the “Deputies” and “Blue Tones. Organist George Munro joined the “Commancheros” lately, previously playing with the “Strangs” and “Blue Tones”. Leading the group is drummer Jim Lurian, also experienced with the “Deputies” and “Blue Tones”.