Les McKeown, former lead vocalist for the enduring Scottish pop group Bay Metropolis Rollers, has died. He was 65.
The late star’s household broke the information of his dying in a shifting Fb submit on Thursday.
“It’s with profound unhappiness that we announce the dying of our pretty husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown,” they wrote, including that he “died all of a sudden at house on Tuesday.”
The household didn’t disclose the reason for dying, solely mentioning that they’re “making preparations for his funeral and ask for privateness after the shock of our profound loss.”
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McKeown was the frontman for the Bay Metropolis Rollers throughout their heyday within the mid-1970s, throughout which they recorded such mega-hits as “Shang-A-Lang,” “Bye Bye Child” and “Give a Little Love.”
The Edinburgh youngsters exploded onto the US market with their 1974 hit “Saturday Evening,” snagging the highest spot on the American Billboard chart. Their abroad success even earned them comparisons with The Beatles a decade earlier than.
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McKeown left the Rollers in 1978, though in recent times, he took half in a nostalgia tour with ex-bandmates. His distinct vocals in “Bye Bye Child” and different hits are nonetheless acknowledged by children to today.
The pop-boppers have additionally collectively bought greater than 120 million information worldwide.
“I feel we had been a breath of contemporary air within the ’70s,” the vocalist advised the UK’s Press and Journal in 2016.
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He added: “There was nothing difficult about our music — though it’s wonderful how many individuals who used to return to our live shows as youngsters are nonetheless coming again with their daughters in spite of everything these years, they usually’re singing our songs collectively.”
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Former Bay Metropolis Rollers bassist Ian Mitchell, who joined the group in 1976, died final 12 months at age 62, and group co-founder Alan Longmuir handed away at age 70 in 2018.