Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown dies, aged 65

Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown has died, aged 65.

McKeown’s wife and son announced the singer’s death on Thursday in a post on his official Twitter account.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown,” the statement began.

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“Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

“We are currently making arrangements for his funeral and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss. Thank you. Keiko and Jubei McKeown.”

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The band issued a statement soon after, expressing their sadness, saying: “We are saddened by the news of Leslie McKeown’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Peko and his son Jubei, their family and friends. Rest In Peace, Leslie.”

The singer was part of the Scottish pop-rock band, which formed in Edinburgh in 1966, and found success with songs including ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’ and ‘Shang-a-Lang’.

Known for their distinctive tartan ensembles, the group had a large teen following and sold over 120 million records worldwide.

The band’s members have changed a number of times over the years but the most famous line-up featured McKeown on vocals, guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, bassist Alan Longmuir and drummer Derek Longmuir.

Brothers Alan and Derek began the band together in 1964 as a trio called the Ambassadors, along with their older cousin Neil Porteous on acoustic guitar.

McKeown joined as lead singer in late 1973 before leaving the band in 1978.

He later re-joined the group for a string of comeback shows in 2015 and toured with the band up until last year.

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