Scots of St James

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

SCOTS OF ST JAMES:

Jimmy Oakley – lead vocals

Hughie Nicholson – lead guitar

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre – lead guitar

Graham Maitland – keyboards

Diego Danalaise – bass

Alan Kelly – drums

Hailing from Glasgow, The Scots of St James began life as The In Crowd but changed name after moving down to London

29 January 1966 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Hertfordshire with Flamingo’s Rock House Band and The Gass (Luton News)

 

9 September 1966 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

9 September 1966 – Club West Indies, Stonebridge Park, London (Melody Maker)

10 September 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The A-Jaes and The Kirkbys (Melody Maker)

24 September 1966 – Club West Indies, Stonebridge Park, London (Melody Maker)

 

14 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station, Woolwich, London with Lee Dorsey (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Champion Jack Dupree and Five Proud Walkers (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

25 October 1966 – Toft’s, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

28 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station with The Artwoods (Melody Maker)

In December, the band issued its debut single, a version of Ben E King’s “Gypsy” c/w “Tic Toc”, for Strike Records

Shortly after its release, lead guitarist Norrie MacLean from The Poets took over from Hughie Nicholson and bass player Alan Gorrie replaced Diego Danalaise. They also added second drummer Stewart Francis

2 February 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

3 February 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

4 February 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Tiles Big Band and Inspiration (Melody Maker)

11 March 1967 – Beachcomber, Nottingham with Lee Dorsey and The Montanas (Nottingham Evening Post)

11 March 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Lee Dorsey, The Bystanders and The Equals (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

8 April 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Scenery and Makin’ Sounds (Melody Maker)

8 April 1967 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with Freddie Fingers Lee and The Upper Hand (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

2 May 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

13 May 1967 – Ricky Tick, Hounslow, London (Melody Maker)

19 May 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

The band recorded its second 45, “Timothy” c/w “Eiderdown Clown”, for the Spot label, which was released in September 1967

5 August 1967 – Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset with Derek and Pete (Somerset County Gazette)

11 August 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Stafforshire with The Gods (Evening Sentinel)

 

1 September 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire with Jo Jo Cooke (Evening Sentinel)

There is a good short article and pic in Record Mirror, 16 September 1967, page 10, which shows the following line-up:

Jimmy Oakley – lead vocals

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre – lead guitar

Graham Maitland – keyboards

Alan Gorrie – bass

Stewart Francis – drums

19 September 1967 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with Deep Purple (Eastern Evening News)

 

7 October 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

4 November 1967 – The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire with Cats Pyjamas (Evening Sentinel)

9 December 1967 – “Big C”, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

 

20 January 1968 – Big C Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

During 1968, the band evolved into Hopscotch

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2 thoughts on “Scots of St James”

  1. I supported the Scots of St. James with my band at Uddingston in early 1968. They were a four piece without the lead singer, great band. They became Hopscotch and then Forevermore. Alan and Onnie went off to form the Average White Band. Graham and Stewart were in a band called Glencoe who I saw twice, once with a guitarist / singer whose names escapes me at the moment. The second time I saw them Jon Turnbull and Norman Watt Roy from the Blockheads etc. were playing. Superb.

  2. Lead singer Jimmy Oakley recorded a one off single for Phillips in 1968 “Little Girl / Kentucky Woman” back by the band during the transition from Scots to Hopscotch so effectively a Scot of St James single albeit a sole credit

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