Tag: Ian Mitchell

Monday 11/14/22 9am ET: Feature Artist – Bay City Rollers

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.

In Memoriam: Ian Mitchell (1958 – 2020)

Ian Mitchell, Bay City Rollers bassist, dead at 62

The Bay City Rollers have said they are “deeply saddened” by the death of ex-member Ian Mitchell at the age of 62.

“Rest In Peace, Ian,” the Scottish pop band wrote as they announced his death on their Instagram page.

Mitchell joined the group in 1976 at the age of 17, replacing founding member and bassist Alan Longmuir.

But he quit the band after nine months to return his native Northern Ireland, where he performed with old school friends as the group Rosetta Stone.

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.

But he found tensions within the band hard to cope with and departed that December, to be replaced by guitarist Pat McGlynn.

Writing on Facebook, founding member Stuart Wood said his former bandmate’s death was “very sad, sad news”.

He said he had “many fond memories” of performing with Mitchell, adding that he would be “sorely missed”.

US singer Kyle Vincent, who performed with Mitchell in the 2000s, said he had “some great memories” from their time together.

Writing on Instagram, he sent his “deepest condolences” to Mitchell’s widow Wendy “and Ian’s legion of fans around the world”.

The Bay City Rollers became tartan-clad sensations in the UK and US in the 1970s, spawning such hits as Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang.

The band were formed by Edinburgh-born Alan Longmuir, who died in 2018, with his younger brother Derek.

Wood still plays guitar with the Rollers, whose current line-up includes singer Ian Thomson, bassist Marcus Cordock and drummer Jamie McGrory.

Ctsy: BBC News