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Bay City Roller Les McKeown dead at age 65 leaving family and friends devastated

Bay City Roller Les McKeown has passed away leaving family and friends of the band devastated.

The Edinburgh singer died suddenly on Tuesday at the age of sixty five.

His former manager John MacLaughlan who dealt with his comeback shows in 2015 in broke the news after being called by Les’s wife Peko.

John said: “I’m very sad and shocked and so is Peko, his wife. She is heartbroken and called me from Les’ phone with the news. I picked up and thought it was Les wanting a chat.

“I’m still in shock right now, I spoke to him last week and he was on great form and happy about life and happy to book his tour.

“We were friends as well as working partners.

“He was hoping to get it all going again and he was one of the hardest working men in the music industry. We got on so great and he was great fun to be around. He had his moments but was always a good laugh to be around and a great performer.”

Bay City Rollers in 1975 – Eric Faulkner, Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir, Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood and Derek Longmuir

He added: “He was a great singer. The Bay City Rollers were the biggest band in the world in the mid seventies and beyond.

“They had their own TV show and Rollermania. They flew the flag for Scotland and made me think as a wee boy watching the telly you can be a popstar and in music and they meant a lot to me getting involved in music and the industry and the clothes and the hair and image were brilliant and the gang mentality was amazing.

“I’m honoured to have worked with them.”

Stuart Woody Wood, guitarist with the band who had worldwide hits with Bye Bye Baby, Shanganang, and Saturday Night said: “I am upset and shocked to hear this very sad news.

“Les and I had our differences over the years but even though we had disagreements we are sending our heartfelt condolences to Peko wife and his son Jubie and all the Bay City Rollers Fans. It’s a sad day in Bay City Roller history.

“He was a great performance on stage and he was full of energy. Iwas roadying when Les first came into the band and I saw his first gig when he took over from Nobby Clark and injected new life into the band.

“I was fifteen and he was seventeen. I joined properly when I turned sixteen in 74. He had lots of energy on stage.”



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