Les McKeown, former lead singer for British pop sensation Bay City Rollers, the group that became a global phenomenon in the 1970s, died Tuesday at age 65. His family announced the death Thursday in a social media post.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown,” read the message posted on McKeown’s Twitter account. “Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021. We are currently making arrangements for his funeral and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss.” The message was signed by Keiko and Jubei McKeown.
The singer and his current touring version of the group were poised to make a post-pandemic comeback, with shows booked across Europe from July 2021 into May of next year, according to his website
Les was best known for being the frontman of The Bay City Rollers who became tartan-clad sensations in the UK and US in the 1970s. Thanks to hits like Bye Bye Baby, they were hugely successful, selling more than 120 million records.