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The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish pop/rock band of the 1970s. Their youthful, clean-cut image, distinct styling featuring tartan-trimmed outfits, and cheery, sing-along pop hits helped the group become among the most popular musical acts of their time. For a relatively brief but fervent period (nicknamed “Rollermania”), they were a worldwide sensation.

Bassist Alan Longmuir, his younger brother Derek Longmuir, a drummer, along with school mate, lead singer Gordon “Nobby” Clark founded the group in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1967, as The Saxons. Shortly afterwards, seeking a less English-sounding moniker, they chose a new name allegedly by throwing a dart at a map of the United States. The dart landed on the map in the state of Arkansas, but since “Arkansas Rollers” did not sound quite right, and might also lead to problems with pronunciation, they tried again and this time the dart landed near the community of Bay City, Michigan.

The Bay City Rollers were managed from early on by the imposing and controversial Tam Paton, himself a former big band leader. Paton was notorious for his rigid control over all aspects of the band’s career, including the shuffling in and out of group members at a very high rate. Short term members from this period include David Paton (member 1969-1970) and Billy Lyall (member 1969-1971), who went on to be founding members of another successful Edinburgh band, Pilot.


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  • theironictea

    Fucking terrible.

    30 Jul 11:55am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    но вообще это жуткое говно, одна из худших групп в рок-музыке, хуже только "земляне" наверное

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    reminds me of throbbing gristle on the main pic

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • mmgar

    I love too

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • omnomnomnomer

    love love love

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dardar227

    Even boy bands from that period were really good. I would so love to be back in those days! I'd go back in a second.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PauletteBanning

    I'm on some wierd BCR kick right now! Okay, 35 years ago I was a huge fan and all I cared about was that they were cute. Now, as an adult, I can say some of their songs are really good. Now that I'm impartial, Duncan was a much better singer than Les. (No offense to Les.) Their "Elevator" album was actually ahead of its time and I think would have been a success in the early to mid-80's. (It came out in late 1979.) Yes, Stiv10, I do remember that show!

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nitty_look

    I love this smooth music!

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • lunaexoriens

    If you have/would like to have or admire men with SIDEBURNS, please join:

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Thomse_BER

    One of my first vinyls was a Bay City Rollers album - and it's still being out on randomly....

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Stiv10

    Does anyone here remember their short lived Saturday morning show?

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • funtomas76

    This was my very first favourite band in the 70s. And "dedication" is still a very good song. One of their best in my opinion.

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • magsmcall

    still go and c les mckeown and his band perform all the hits today

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Used to dash home from school around the mid70s to watch Shangalang on the TV

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Scarlet_Fields_


    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • onesis25

    Sweet magical memories in time

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • anne3362

    Still one of the best 70's bands around!

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Mod7Psyche

    They were my aunt's Idols, and her friend's idols☆

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
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    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • makaronena

    Bye Bye Baby sssooooo cute)

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
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