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Les McKeown, the Bay City Rollers frontman, dies aged 65

Former Bay City Rollers frontman Leslie McKeown has died aged 65, his family have announced via the musician’s official Twitter account.

The Scottish pop singer fronted the band during their most successful period in the 1970s when hits like ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Shang-a-Lang’ garnered them a huge fanbase in both the UK and North America.

Their tracks became what was referred to as ‘bubblegum’ classics, appealing to adolescents with pop hooks, dashing looks and a fun attitude. This success resulted in record sales topping the 120 million mark.

The Edinburgh-born vocalist McKeown joined in 1973 and left in 1978 when the group decided to go in a more new wave direction. McKeown then re-joined for a series of comeback shows in 2015. Following the sad passing of co-members, he toured as the only remaining member under the name Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers as recently as last year.

At 4:21 pm today his family took to Twitter to reveal the sad news. In a post, they wrote: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. 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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