London, Apr 22 .- British singer Les McKeown, who led the Bay City Rollers band during its most successful period in the 1970s, has died at age 65, his family reported Thursday.
The musician passed away “suddenly, at home” last Tuesday, his wife, Keiko, and their son, Jubei, said on the official McKeown Twitter account, who requested “privacy after the shock of the profound loss.”
The Edinburgh group rose to fame with songs like “I Only Wanna Be With You”, “Bye Bye Baby” and “Shang-a-Lang and Give a Little Love”, and went on to sell more than 120 million records.
McKeown dropped out of school at the age of 15, in 1970, to form a first band called Threshold, and joined Bay City Rollers in 1973, at 18.
He remained in the group until 1978 when the rest of the members decided to follow a “new wave” style, although he returned to join them on various tours in which they recalled their past successes.
Recalling the concerts of the band in its golden age, the singer once commented to the BBC that they were “crazy”: “We would go out (to play) and the police made us stop because they could not control the mass of people”, McKeown described. EFE