It had to happen – we had to feature the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” sometime! Remember, Rollermania!? Apparently, it was huge in the mid-70s, maybe, like me, you missed it. I do remember the boys coming to my part of the world sometime in the 70s and the outcry from fans and parents alike when they played for a mere 35 minutes. Anyway, despite all that, they proved rather popular amongst some of you younger ladies with hits both sides of the Atlantic, including the 1975, UK #1, Bye, Bye, Baby.
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- Beginning life as The Saxons in 1966 Edinburgh, The Bay City Rollers changed to The Bay City Rollers by throwing a dart at a map of the United States, which landed near Bay City, Michigan.
- Within a few years they were being hailed as, “biggest group since the Beatles” – but then, so were a hundred and one other bands.
- After three non-album singles, the boys released their first album, Rollin’. The 1974 album contained three hit singles.
- 1975 saw the release of two albums, Once Upon a Star, and Wouldn’t You Like It?, and another four hit UK singles.
- 1976 saw the US release of the single Saturday Night – failing to chart in the UK, it went to #1 in the US and the Bay City Rollers were labelled “international superstars.”
- Move forward to today – the band, having had a number of hiatus’s and several changes of line-up continue to perform – though their last album was released in 1985 and the last single to even dent the charts was You Made Me Believe in Magic, back in 1977.
- During the heyday of Rollermania, the line-up was, guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart John Wood, singer Les McKeown, bassist Alan Longmuir, and drummer Derek Longmuir.
- In all, the band have sold 300 million records.
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- Bye, Bye, Baby, aka Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio (from The Four Seasons).
- First realised by The Four Seasons in 1965, it peaked at #12 on the US charts.
- In 1967, a cover version was released by British band The Symbols – it reached #44 on the UK singles chart.
- The Bay City Rollers released a version – it hit #1 in the UK in March 1975, and sat there for six weeks. It was the top selling single in the UK for 1975.
- The song features in the movie, Love Actually.
- Bye, Bye, Baby lyrics.
bye, bye, baby – bay city rollers – 1975 – video
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