Bay City Rollers singer opens up about bandmate’s death

Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown has opened up about the death of bandmate Alan Longmuir, who died last summer following a short illness.

Edinburgh-born Longmuir, who formed the Bay City Rollers with his brother, Derek, and went on to massive chart success in the 1970s, died in July last year aged 70 after contracting a virus while on holiday in Mexico.

As Longmuir lay dying in hospital, McKeown kept a vigil by his bedside for three days.

“I was there, my wife, Alan’s brother Derek who was also a Roller and Alan’s wife Eileen,” Les told the Daily Express.

“Alan was very ill, but he knew we were there and we just sat with him and talked with him, held his hand.”

Les, who had reunited with Alan and fellow ex-Roller Stuart “Woody” Wood for a string of comeback shows in 2015, says he still misses his pal.

“He was a lovely guy,” Les said. “The perfect gentleman, my best friend in the band. We were very close at one time.”

The Bay City Rollers became one of the most successful groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, selling an estimated 70 million records.

The Edinburgh band enjoyed a string of No.1 hit singles and albums all over the world, including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.

Les is currently touring the UK on the Legends Live UK Tour.

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