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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 04:58 PM

Les McKeown, lead singer of Bay City Rollers, dies at 65

Source: Omaha World Herald-CNN

By Rob Picheta, CNN

Scottish singer Les McKeown, who achieved global superstardom in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of tartan-garbed pop titans the Bay City Rollers, has died, his family confirmed Thursday. He was 65.

McKeown fronted the Bay City Rollers during their dizzying heyday in the mid-1970s, when their hits "Shang-A-Lang," "Bye, Bye, Baby," and "Give a Little Love" catapulted them to acclaim and earned them scores of young fans in Britain, the United States and beyond.

Their poster-boy status and pop-rock bops drew comparisons with The Beatles, who had dominated the sound of the previous decade, and the unassuming Edinburgh teens became one of Scotland's most renowned post-war cultural exports.

But "Rollermania," as it was dubbed by music critics, lasted only a few years, and McKeown left the group in 1978. In recent years he has toured again with his former bandmates, fronting a nostalgia tour that visited venues across the United Kingdom and North America.



Singer Les McKeown (center) is seen with the Bay City Rollers in 1974 as the band was breaking into the British charts.

Michael Putland/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


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Reply Les McKeown, lead singer of Bay City Rollers, dies at 65 (Original post)
Omaha Steve Apr 22 OP
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 22 #1
pnwest Apr 22 #2
regnaD kciN Apr 22 #3
Kaleva Apr 23 #13
ToxMarz Apr 22 #4
ZZenith Apr 22 #6
ProfessorGAC Apr 22 #5
Dave Starsky Apr 22 #8
LenaBaby61 Apr 22 #7
bucolic_frolic Apr 22 #9
MustLoveBeagles Apr 22 #10
BootinUp Apr 22 #11
FM123 Apr 22 #12
GB_RN Apr 23 #14

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 05:02 PM

1. Woody was always my fave. NT

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 05:02 PM

2. ok, NOW I feel old.

They were my first ever concert, I was 13...

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Response to pnwest (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 05:13 PM

3. I feel even older...

I'm only slightly younger than him. Granted, lots of rock musicians have died at an even earlier age but, when I remembered reading about them during their first exposure to the U.S. market, when I was in college, that their lead singer was pretty much my age.

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Response to pnwest (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 12:55 AM

13. He was jut 3 years older then me.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 05:58 PM

4. How do you write about the Bay City Rollers and not mention this song

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Response to ToxMarz (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 06:41 PM

6. Exactly my question.

“Nancy Sinatra, who sang the songs ‘So Long, Babe’ and ‘If He Loved Me’...”

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 05:59 PM

5. Surprised The Article Didn't Mention...

..."Saturday Night" first.
Per Wiki it was there only #1 hit in the US, and was simultaneously #1 in several other countries.
I wasn't a big fan, but everyone who followed popular music knows that song.
Shame that he died so young.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 08:21 PM

8. Maybe they got their news from the British press.

Incredibly, Saturday Night never charted as a single in the UK. It was released a year later in the US, and we all went crazy for it.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 08:14 PM

7. I still have all ....

Of their albums to this very day. They were cheated out of MANY millions of royalties.

REST in peace Les

I was just listening to this song 2 days ago.







YIKES, Les is only 5 years older than I am

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 08:37 PM

9. Damn I must be getting old

First read I thought it said "Leo McKern". I thought that can't be right. Rumpole passed many years ago.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 09:12 PM

10. I like that group

Rest in Peace Les.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:27 PM

11. I admit being a sad fan, too young to go man, nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:34 PM

12. Oh my goodness!

So young to have passed away!
I remember swooning over him when I was a girl.....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 02:07 PM

14. I Vaguely Remember

Their Saturday morning TV show. Mainly I remember it being kinda creepy. Especially with that HR Puffinstuff thing the Kroffts had shoehorned in there, in an attempt to recycle their “greatest hits” from earlier in the 70s (before I was born).

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