Les McKeown

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56848233

I know the Bay City Rollers were never cool or acclaimed, but a couple of their hits were pretty catchy.  And the guitarists had some cool gear.  Sorry to hear Les has gone at 65.

RIP
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 9165
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    When I was a kid around 14 you could not ignore BCR - I was in to Slade, T-REX and Sweet - But just about every girl I knew back then, sister + her friends, school girls in the class, was into BCR, or David Cassidy, or Osmonds - You could not ignore a sea of tartan - So part of my youth - RIP
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 3279
    Always watched the Big Jim Sullivan guitar lesson bit on the Rollers' TV show.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1450
    edited April 22
    Sad news.

    I saw them just before they really took off, playing in the Carnatic halls of residence students' bar, during my first year at Liverpool Uni. I recall they were very good live and miles better than The Troggs they were supporting.
      
    It's not a competition.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8393
    Bye bye baby. RIP. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 935
    I heard they were surprisingly(?) good live too.  I always thought Derek Longmuir was a pretty solid drummer and Les had a really good pop voice. 

    "Saturday Night" is a great song and it is not an urban myth that it inspired The Ramones to write Blitzkreig Bop.
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 9506
    Every girl I knew when I was 12 and just getting interested was a BCR fan ......the first girl I took on a date to a Wimpey bar came along in a pair of White high-waister coulottes with the Tartan cumberband and matching Tartan banded trim on the bottom of the legs.
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 6985
    Yes, without The BCR you wouldn't have had The Ramones.... 
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  • JayceeJaycee Frets: 159
    When I was a kid around 14 you could not ignore BCR - I was in to Slade, T-REX and Sweet - But just about every girl I knew back then, sister + her friends, school girls in the class, was into BCR, or David Cassidy, or Osmonds - You could not ignore a sea of tartan - So part of my youth - RIP

    Me too, however I did save up my crisp packets and got Bye Bye Baby on a floppy 7" single
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  • russpmrusspm Frets: 345
    Apparently the Ramones were fans.
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 961
    A cousin of mine cycled five miles to Granny's house for every episode just to watch their TV show in colour
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 8620
    In the 70s I used to do security at Wembley sometimes. Without doubt the scariest gig I ever covered there was the Rollers. I seriously thought I was going to die at one point when there was a huge crush of girls trying to get to the band and we all got pinned against some metal barriers. I remember I couldn’t hear for days afterwards too, all that screaming!  

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 20546
    They were big when I was 12, I remember all the girls at school turning up with tartan stuff on (must have been some kind of wear what you want day?). I really liked the singles back then.

    But what a shocking story - totally exploited and manipulated, and they didn't make any money! All the money 'disappeared'. 

    I saw a good documentary a couple of years ago, it definitely made me feel sorry for them, and especially Les. 
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