Bay City Rollers singer Alan Longmuir dies aged 70
Alan Longmuir, founding bass player with the Scottish Bay City Rollers, has died following a brief illness. The musician died in hospital on Monday morning (July 2nd) at the age of 70, surrounded by his family. Longmuir was flown home from Mexico three weeks ago, after falling ill on holiday.
The band confirmed his passing with a post on social media: “Our sincere condolences to all his family, friends and fans,” the message reads.
The Bay City Rollers were called “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” because of their tartan outfits. They were known for their upbeat, catchy tunes like “Bye Bye Baby” and “Shang-a-Lang,” had a fanatical teenage following and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Longmuir formed the band, initially known as the Saxons, back in 1966 with his younger brother and drummer Derek, and singer Gordon “Nobby” Clark. The lineup went through multiple changes through the years, with Longmuir leaving the band in 1976 and returning two years later. The band split in 1981.