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Scottish beat groups of the '60s and early '70s.
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Work on this page commenced in September 2019. We still require more information to fill gaps and some
and corroboration of some other points below. So if you can add anything - do contact us. Anyway, here it is so far.
On our Poets page we've detailed how David 'Davie' Nicholson joined The Poets from 'The Mob' to replace
Ian McMillan on bass and vocals. This would be 1970.
According to the excellent http://www.scotbands.moonfruit.com
The Mob appear to have been a three piece with David (keys/bass), Nod (Norrie/Norman) Kerr (drums) and Tommy Craig (Bass/vocals)
David then parted from The Poets in 1971 and formed his own group called 'Nickelson'.
We presume the spelling change was to infer that this was more of a group 'venture' than a solo artist with a backing band.
As mentioned on the Poets page, Nickelson were playing live by at least 21st May 1971 when they played a double header in Nairn and Cullen.
For the possibly later stages of Nickelson - now perhaps called 'Nicholson' we are indebted to the excellent Dumfermline Kinema Ballroom website
which as well as listing their '71 & '72 bookings, records them playing there on:
Saturday - 03/03/1973 - Nicholson; Friday 23/03/1973 - Nicholson
Below: some screen grabs of Nickleson from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiEiIiXIntQ.
Hugh McKenna, Eddie, Nod & David. Nod, Eddie, David & Hugh
Other members during the in the course of the group included:
Kim Beacon (vocals); Alan Campbell (guitar); Nod Kerr (Drums); Hugh McKenna (keys & vocals); Alan Wilson (Drums) & Eddie (guitar & vocals).
Kim Beacon and Hugh McKenna had later well documented careers.
Nod Kerr was previously with the Mob and Salavation and later, Jamie Barnes' Cochise and others.
Some books and on-line references mention brother Hugh Nicholson as a guitarist in the band which we thought highly unlikely
and Matt Nicholson confirmed on 9/8/19 that was never the case though Hugh wrote, produced and played on the Nickelson single
released on 21/07/72 - see below.
Above: Promo copy of the '72 single by Nickelson
The spelling of the band name seems to be designed to differentiate between the band and the main man.
Brother Hugh wrote the A side (Catrine Music) and we presume David wrote the B side (Luddington House Music)
The general release copy of the first single.
The 1974 self produced solo single
The 1975 solo single. From the publishing company name, David wrote the B side.
The 1976 solo single
We see that the A side is a joint composition and that David has a new publishing company for his B side composition.
Picture sleeve front of the 1976 solo single. - also used for his compilation CD
Tracks: 1. I've been a Bad Bad Boy - '75 single A side. 2. Without You - from 'Fool's Party'
3. Sitting on a Fence - 'Nickelson' '72 single A side. 4. Another you - '76 single B side. 5. Get up Get out - '74 single A side.
6. Getting a little Lonely - '76 single A side. 7. I Wanna go to New York - from The LA Sessions. 8. Only one I Love - '74 single B side.
9. I'm Alone - from 'Another Night Time Flight'. 10. Long Enough - from Fool's Party'.