Bay City Rollers In-depth Biography
The Bay City Rollers} were a Scottish pop/rock} band of the '70s with a strong following among teenage girls. The origins of the group go back to the formation of the duo the Longmuir Brothers} in the late '60s, consisting of drummer Derek Longmuir} (b. March 19, 1952, Edinburgh, Scotland) and his bass-playing brother Alan} (b. June 20, 1953, Edinburgh). They eventually changed their name to Saxon}, adding singer Nobby Clarke} and John Devine}. Then they changed their name again by pointing at random to a spot on a map of the United States: Bay City, MI. Their first hit was a cover of the Gentrys}' "Keep on Dancing,"} which reached number nine in the U.K. in September 1971. In June 1972, guitarist Eric Faulkner} (b. October 21, 1954, Edinburgh) joined. In January 1973, singer Leslie McKeown} (b. November 12, 1955, Edinburgh) and guitarist Stuart Wood} (b. February 25, 1957, Edinburgh) replaced Clarke} and Devine}, stabilizing the quintet's lineup.
After flopping with three singles, they finally hit the Top Ten again in February 1974 with a cover of the Shangri-Las}' "Remember (Walking in the Sand)."} At this point, the Rollers} became a teen sensation in Great Britain, with their good looks and tartan knickers, and they scored a series of Top Ten U.K. hits over the next two and a half years: "Shang-a-Lang,"} "Summerlove Sensation,"} "All of Me Loves All of You,"} "Bye Bye Baby"} (a cover of the Four Seasons} hit that went to number one), "Give a Little Love"} (another number one), "Money Honey,"} "Love Me Like I Love You,"} and "I Only Want to Be With You"} (a cover of the Dusty Springfield} hit). Their albums Rollin'}, Once Upon a Star}, Wouldn't You Like It}, and Dedication} were also Top Ten successes, with Rollin'} and Once Upon a Star} getting to number one. They scored their first U.S. hit with "Saturday Night,"} which was released in September 1975 and hit number one in January 1976. It was followed by the Top Ten hits "Money Honey"} and "You Made Me Believe in Magic."} The Rollers} also had five straight gold albums in the U.S.: Bay City Rollers}, Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter}, Dedication}, It's a Game}, and Greatest Hits}.
Alan Longmuir} left the band in June 1976 and was replaced by Ian Mitchell} (b. August 22, 1958, Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland) who was in turn replaced by Pat McGlynn} (b. March 31, 1958, Edinburgh) in June 1977. Longmuir} returned in 1978, the same year that McKeown} was replaced by Duncan Faure} and Faulkner} quit to go solo. But by then the Bay City Rollers} had scored their last hits. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide