The late star’s household broke the information of his demise in a shifting Fb submit on Thursday.
“It’s with profound disappointment that we announce the demise of our pretty husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown,” they wrote, including that he “died all of the sudden at house on Tuesday.”
The household didn’t disclose the reason for demise, solely mentioning that they’re “making preparations for his funeral and ask for privateness after the shock of our profound loss.”
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 Night time,” snagging the highest spot on the American Billboard chart. Their abroad success even earned them comparisons with The Beatles a decade earlier than.
McKeown left the Rollers in 1978, though lately, 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 this present day.
The pop-boppers have additionally collectively bought greater than 120 million data worldwide.
“I believe we have been a breath of recent air within the ’70s,” the vocalist advised the UK’s Press and Journal in 2016.
He added: “There was nothing sophisticated 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, and so they’re singing our songs collectively.”