The Bay City Rollers are a Scottish pop rock band known for their worldwide teen idol popularity in the 1970s. They have been called the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh”, and “the first of many acts heralded as the ‘biggest group since the Beatles'”.
The group’s line-up had many changes over the years, but the classic line-up during its heyday included guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart John Wood, singer Les McKeown, bassist Alan Longmuir, and drummer Derek Longmuir. The line-up in 2018 includes guitarist Stuart John Wood (Woody), singer Ian Thomson, bassist Marcus Cordock and drummer Jamie McGrory.
On September 22, 2015 the Bay City Rollers, including McKeown, Stuart “Woody” Wood and Alan Longmuir announced that they were reforming and would play a show at the Glasgow Barrowlands on December 20.
On February 27, 2018, Stuart “Woody” Wood announced that the new Bay City Rollers would be performing in Tokyo, Japan in June of the same year. The band comprises Woody on guitar, Ian Thomson on lead vocals and guitar, Marcus Cordock on bass, and Jamie McGrory on drums.
Bassist Alan Longmuir died on July 2, 2018 after falling ill while on holiday with his wife in Mexico. His autobiography I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of The Bay City Rollers was published posthumously in November 2018. The book was written with Martin Knight.
Ian Mitchell died on September 2, 2020 age 62. While Mitchell was with the Rollers, they released the 1976 album Dedication and a cover version of Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want to Be With You.