Formed in Glasgow in 1962, The Beatstalkers – the #1 Beat group in Scotland – were sometimes referred to as “the Scottish Beatles” in their early days. Their live repertoire mixed R&B-flavoured originals with black American music and less well known Rolling Stones songs.
The group built up a loyal audience around Glasgow before moving South to London in 1965 when they were signed by Decca. A residency at London’s legendary Marquee followed, along with an appearance on Ready, Steady, Go!
1967 saw a label change to CBS and a new line-up, but by 1969 the band were in terminal decline. When their van was stolen with all their equipment in it, they called it a day.
The band released seven singles in their career; Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout My Baby (1965), Left Right Left (1966), A Love Like Yours (1966), My One Chance To Make It (1967), Silver Treetop School For Boys (1967), Rain Coloured Roses (1967) and When I’m Five (1969)
In the early 1970s, Alan Mair ran a boutique in Kensington market selling hand-made clothes. Freddie Mercury was a sales assistant there until Queen started to break big.
Mair also played in The Only Ones during the early 1980s.