Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown leaves us, aged 65.
I was only thinking about this musical era, and in particular the pop bands, the other day...I remember quite vividly singles like Shang-a-Lang, Bye Bye Baby by the Bay City Rollers and others like 'Sugar Baby Love' by the Rubettes, Gary Glitters (yes, we did like the Glitter Band back then) 'Rock & Roll', 'I love You Love Me Love', 10cc 'Rubber Bullets', Slade singles etc, etc...Although I gravitated more towards the likes of David Bowie, Roxy Music and rock bands like UFO and Wishbone Ash around this time of '73/'74, there were many great pop singles of the time as well, that all layered together to form the fab musical backdrop of my teenage years.
Yeah, I think of the Rollers as part of that era. I like the way the guitars sound and the drums in some of it was like Taiko drumming, especially The Glitter Band. I got alerted to TGB because of XTC bringing Pete Phipps onboard after Terry Chambers left. Some of their hits like 'Angel Face' got radio play over here. I remember hearing 'Love In The Sun' on the radio when I was a kid and thinking it was Beach Boys or Beach Boys-affiliated.
The Bay City Rollers song that I remember the most was 'Yesterday's Hero' because when we were little kids and the Rollers weren't heard from for a few months or a year or whatever it was, we thought they were done and then, one day, when we were 12-year-olds, 11-year-olds, 10-year-olds or whatever, we saw them on TV playing this song. I remember thinking they were going introspective like how The Beatles, etc. went.