Superstar authors JK Rowling and Ian Rankin, reformed 70s boyband the Bay City Rollers and music industry legend Bruce Findlay all feature in the Edinburgh Evening News’ annual Hot 40 – a list of those who have made the biggest impact on the Capital in 2015.
Capping what’s been an extraordinary comeback, The Rollers feature at No.2 on the list, beaten into first place by tragic teenager Jak Trueman, the schoolboy whose incredible fundraising exploits in the weeks before his death at the age of just 15 in February have left a legacy that will never be forgotten.
Wordsmiths Rankin and Rowling come in at numbers 19 and 24 respectively, while up-and-coming local singer Caitlyn Vanbeck – who was the last Scot to be eliminated from this year’s X Factor – features at No.29 on the list.
Findlay, who steered Simple Minds to world domination in the 80s, appears at No.25 in the same year he was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.
“No one is a bigger champion of the Capital’s music scene – and no one has quite as much to say about it as Brucey,” writes the News.
AAA’s content editor Gary Flockhart was involved in compiling this year’s Hot 40