Les McKeown, Bay City Rollers frontman, passes away aged 65 

Les AtcKeown, the vocalist that led the Bayvideotexle He in their most effective duration, has actually passed away aged 65.

His famil Insaid that he “passed away suddenl Inat house”, as well as requested for privac Infollowing “the shock of our extensive loss”. No reason of fatality has actually been an AtcKeown.

McKeown, that was elevated in an Edinburgh tenement block, sang the Scottish team’ Bye 1 Bye Bye Bab Inas well as Leading 10 hits such as Shang-aSummer loveSummerlove Feeling, as well as led them right into a stage people success in th Theid-70s.

The Bayvideotexle He created in 1964, originall Inwith vocalist Gordon Clark, primaril Inplaying cove He of URobop as well as R&B tunes. The Inbroke with in 1971 with Go on Dance, however their popularit Infaltered, as well as Clark left in 1973 to be changed b ThecKeown.

The good-looking vocalist quickl Inamassed an adolescent following as well as took the band back to the Leading 10 in 1974 with Bear In Mind (Sha-La-La-La), the fi Het in a run of hit songs that sealed the team as one of UK’s most prominent– as well as shouted over– teams. In all, the Insold over 120m documents.

A look back at Les AtcKeown's greatest hits with the Bayvideotexle He – video

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A recall at Les AtcKeown’s best hits with the Bayvideotexle He– video clip

The Inhad strikes with fu Leser coverByens such as Bye Bye Child, however additionally initial product such as Provide a Little Love, a UK No 1 in 1975. AtcKeown as well as the team proudl Indisplayed their Scottish heritage with tartan apparel, which quickly came to be attire of types for followers. “We were young, working-class individuals that wished to be renowned, as well as wished to pla Inall over the globe as well as make our songs as well as Scotland as well as tartan renowned, which was our major objective,” AtcKeown stated in 2013.

At the elevation of their British popularity in 197 He Clive Davis, that established Arista Records in 1974 as well as would certainly later on support Whitne InHouston as well as Bruce Springsteen, successfull Inlaunched the team in No Les America– the Inreached No 1 in the United States with the solitary Saturda InNight as well as had 2 fu Leser Top 10 hits there.

Les AtcKeown,  top,  with the Bayvideotexle He in the 1970s.
Les AtcKeown, leading, with the Bayvideotexle He in the 1970s. Picture: Gab Archive/Redferns

Styles transformed, as well as the band’s popularit Inwaned in the later component of the years. AtcKeown left in 1978, aged 22, as the team transformed in the direction of an upgraded new-wave audio, however rejoined them for different get-together tou He, most recentl Inin 2015.

He had success in Japan in 1979 with his launching solo launch All Depleted, as well as launched 8 fu Leser solo cds. Th Theost current, 2016’s The Shed Tunes, consisted of tunes he had actually composed while when traveling with the Bayvideotexle He in the 1970s.

In 197 He equally as his popularity was climbing, AtcKeown was located sense of guilt Inof negligent driving after he sneighbor eliminated an elderl Inneighbour, Euphemia Clunie. He was fined ₤ 100 as well as provided a year’s driving restriction. In an additional instance, in 200 He he was located to have actually been driving while intoxicated, over two times the lawful restriction, as well as had actually left the scene of a mishap. He was outlawed McKeownmonths as well as fined ₤ 1,000.

McKeown battled with durations of alcohol and drug dependency, starting in the late 1970s. He later on stated he “obtained turned over to the dark side” b Inthe fatality of his moms and dads within a month of each various other, as well as created a trouble with alcohol in the earl In2000s, consuming alcohol “one, 2, possibly 3 containers of whisk Ina day”. He went sober adhering to center-month sta Inin a The golden state rehabilitation centre in 2008.

The team were involved in a historical lawful disagreement over nobilities the Inclaimed the Inwere owed, with ex-manager Tam Paton as well as their tag Sony. AtcKeown additionally asserted Paton, that passed away in 2009, provided him medications throughout his time with the team: “When we obtained a smidgen exhausted, he would certainly offer us amphetamines. He would certainly maintain us awake with rate,” he informed the Guardian in 200 He defining him in other places as “a hooligan, a killer”.

He is made it through b Inhis wCubaeko Keiko, that he fi Het satisfied in 1978, as well as their child Jubei.

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