Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown has died at the age of 65.

The Scottish pop vocalist was the frontman of the group during their 1970s heyday.

A statement from his family on Twitter said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

“We are currently making arrangements for his funeral and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss. Thank you. Keiko and Jubei McKeown.”

Ledbury Reporter: Secretary of State for National Heritage Stephen Dorrell (right) alongside (left to right) Dave Bartram, lead singer with Showaddywaddy, Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers and Screaming Lord Sutch to launch National Music Day on BBC Radio 2. Picture: PA WireSecretary of State for National Heritage Stephen Dorrell (right) alongside (left to right) Dave Bartram, lead singer with Showaddywaddy, Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers and Screaming Lord Sutch to launch National Music Day on BBC Radio 2. Picture: PA Wire

Formed at the end of the 1960s, the Bay City Rollers enjoyed huge success at home and abroad with their distinctive tartan outfits and upbeat pop tunes like Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang.

They had a massive teen following and sold more than 100 million records.

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Judy Ratcliffe

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So sad. 😪 Can't believe you're gone, but you gave us the pleasure of so many great songs and memories. So glad I got to see you live. RIP, Les, fly high 😇. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Love and light . God bless 🙏🙏

Mary Walsh

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Les, I will say "All of me loves all of you". What a brilliant song. I adored the BCRs when I was growing up. I am so sorry that Les has passed away. I loved the BCRs. I remember I inserted the tartan stripes into a denim jacket and jeans that I had and thinking I was so great when I walked out in them! I still listened to their music over the years. To Les, thank you so much for the music, which we teenagers enjoyed so much. Gone, but never forgotten. RIP, dear Les.

Peter Miles

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70s Seeing the band at the Hostel in Hereford. Good memories. RIP, Les

Dave fox

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I want to say , you gave me so many wonderful memories, with your voice , music , loved to have been to see you live ,thank you leslie. My thoughts, prayers to you and your family x

Jean Smith

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Such sad news. Loved the Bay city rollers when I was in my teens. RIP. ❤️