Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown dies aged 65

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Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown dies aged 65

The Bay City Rollers became tartan-clad sensations in the UK and US in the 1970s. They were hugely successful, selling more than 120 million records.

The group got together in the early 70s and found their name by throwing a dart at a map - it landed on Bay City near Michigan, according to the Official Charts Company.

Their first single was Keep On Dancing in 1971, and they had two number one hits 1975 with Bye Bye Baby and Give A Little Love, plus chart-topping albums with Rollin' in 1974 and 1975's Once Upon A Star.

He said the band's first pair of tartan trousers were inspired by a picture on a birthday card and were made by his father, who was a tailor.

Despite some witnesses claiming McKeown was driving too fast, a court cleared him of the more serious charge and instead found him of guilty of reckless driving. He was fined £100 and banned from driving for a year.

McKeown has claimed in numerous interviews that the guilt over the incident has never left him, and was a big part of driving down a road of alcoholism, as the Rollers' popularity waned dramatically in the late 1970s. He was also open in interviews about his trips to rehab.


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Date Posted: Thu, 22 Apr 2021, 05:42 pm

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