I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers by Alan LongmuirAlan Longmuir was born in Edinburgh in 1948. In his teens, he formed the band that became the Bay City Rollers. The Rollers became one of the most commercially successful musical acts of the 1970s, selling more than 120 million records and igniting Rollermania a phenomenon that spread across the globe. Alan died in 2018 while completing this autobiography.
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Please refresh the page and retry. A lan Longmuir, one of the founding members of the Bay City Rollers , the hugely popular s Scottish pop band, has died at the age of The bass guitarist had recently returned to Edinburgh for treatment after falling ill while on holiday in Mexico three weeks ago. Formed at the end of the s, the Bay City Rollers enjoyed huge success at home and abroad with their distinctive outfits, featuring half-mast, tartan-trimmed trousers, and upbeat pop tunes, including Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang. They had a massive teen following, selling more than million records. The original line-up also included Eric Faulkner and Longmuir's younger brother, Derek. He tweeted a statement from Mr Longmuir's family which said: "We are devastated to share the news that Alan has passed away peacefully surrounded by family.
The story of the late pop star, who died today at the age of 70, is one of fame, fallouts and not much fortune. Alan, the son of a Co-op undertaker, had become ill during a family holiday in Cancun, Mexico, and, back home in Scotland, died in hospital, surrounded by his family, at the age of He first set his heart on becoming a pop star when, as a year-old boy living in a tenement flat, he went to the cinema and saw Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock. Between and , there were few weeks when the UK pop charts did not feature a Bay City Rollers song. Fans from as far as Japan went wild for the working class boy band and their upbeat hits, such as Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang. At the height of the hysteria, the band had a team of 17 full-time staff just dealing with fan mail, their own magazine, a clothing range and a part TV series in the UK and US — at the time something only achieved by the Osmonds and the Jackson 5.
Bassist and founding member of the Bay City Rollers, the band that hit the heights of pop fame in the s.
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By Stephanie Linning For Mailonline. Hundreds of fans lined the streets as Bay City Rollers guitarist Alan Longmuir was laid to rest today. The year-old musician, who co-founded the Scottish pop group with his brother Derek, died in hospital last week after contracting an illness in Mexico. His widow Eileen Rankin led mourners as they gathered to remember the bass guitarist at his funeral in Bannockburn, near Stirling, today. Longmuir, pictured left in and right in , enjoyed worldwide success with the Scottish pop group.