Sidney Devine and his pals often made directly for The Imperial after they had finished their act at the Palladium Theatre. Somebody in the band always recognised Sidney and asked if he would oblige the company by singing one of the Elvis Presley songs from his stage act. He was quite unaware that we called him, ‘The Tartan Rocker’, and was always delighted to be recognised and requested to sing a couple of numbers with the band.

I once told Lisa, a friend of mine in the USA, that I had known a guy called Sidney Devine who used to enjoy singing a couple of songs with my band in Edinburgh back in the sixties. She was convinced the name Devine was a fake name, although it is quite a common surname in Ireland.  I told her about ‘The Tartan Rocker’ one evening while we were chatting at the bar in Sheabeens Irish Pub in Aurora, Colorado. I had a feeling that Lisa did not really believe me and I told her to google the name Sidney Devine when she got back home.

I saw Lisa a couple of days later when I had popped into Sheabeens for ‘a wee refreshment’. She could not wait to tell me what she had found out about Sidney. Apparently, there was page after page on the internet concerning the great Sidney Divine,  he was the biggest name in Scotland as a top Country and Western singer.

Well done, TheTartan Rocker!Image

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