Les McKeown, frontman of 70s teen sensation Bay City Rollers, dies aged 65

McKeown fronted the Bay City Rollers throughout their excessive prime time in the mid-1970s, when their hits “Shang-A-Lang,” “Bye, Bye, Baby,” and “Give a Little Love” catapulted them to honor and made them ratings of young fans in Britain, the United States and beyond.

Their poster-boy status and pop-rock bops drew contrasts with The Beatles, who had actually controlled the noise of the previous years, and the simple Edinburgh teenagers turned into one of Scotland’s many popular post-war cultural exports.

However “Rollermania,” as it was called by music critics, lasted just a couple of years, and McKeown left the group in 1978. In the last few years he has actually visited once again with his previous bandmates, fronting a fond memories trip that went to places throughout the UK and The United States And Canada.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown,” his household composed on the vocalist’s Twitter account. “Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday.”
McKeown (second from left) and his bandmates perform on the BBC in 1975.

McKeown’s vocals on “Bye, Bye, Baby” are still identifiable to more youthful generations today, however lots of the group’s songs — consisting of “Summerlove Sensation” and “Give a Little Love” — were essentials of pop radio in the mid-70s.

The band arrived area in the American Signboard chart as soon as, with “Saturday Night,” and taken pleasure in success there long after the preliminary “British Invasion” of the 1960s had actually subsided.

“I think we were a breath of fresh air in the 70s,” McKeown informed Scottish paper journalism and Journal ahead of his reformed group’s heading set at the 2016 T in the Park celebration.
In recent years, McKeown had toured again with the reformed group.

“There was nothing complicated about our music — although it’s amazing how many people who used to come to our concerts as teenagers are still coming back with their daughters after all these years and they’re singing our songs together,” he stated. “That’s pretty special.”

Bandmate Ian Mitchell, who signed up with the group for a brief stint as a bassist, passed away in September 2020 at the age of 62.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.