Bay City Rollers, with hit singles such as “Saturday Night” and “Bye Bye Baby”, was a 1970s phenomenon in the UK and enjoyed success in the United States.
Ian Mitchell joined the band in 1976 and was a member for several months during a key period for the band. He also participated in the band’s return in the 1980s.
Bay City Rollers was founded in Edinburgh in 1964 by brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir. They sang for a while under the name Saxons, and at the end of the decade decided to change the title. In 1971 they released “Keep on Dancing”, and after the lineup was consolidated, in 1974, with guitarists Stuart “Woody” Wood and Eric Faulkner and soloist Les McKeown, the group began to rise in the charts. Songs like “Remember (Sha La La)”, “Shang-a-Lang”, “Summerlove Sensation” and “All of Me Loves All of You” followed. In 1975, it was the most successful band in Britain.
In the US, the Bay City Rollers became known as “Saturday Night”, which did not enjoy the same success in the Kingdom, followed by “Money Honey” and “Rock and Roll Love Letter”.
Alan Longmuir left the group in 1976 and was replaced by 17-year-old Ian Mitchell, a native of Northern Ireland at the time. He participated in the recording of the album “Dedication”, and the success of the band continued for several months. Mitchell left the band in 1977.
The following year, the group’s manager, Tam Paton, was fired and the band fragmented due to a long series of lawsuits. Subsequently, several meetings took place in various forms.