Ok, we may not play The Bay City Rollers…
But at one point they had a career that Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd would envy. Lead singer Les McKeown passed away suddenly Tuesday at the young age of 65. The cause is not known yet.
Before Timberlake’s boy band takeover, the 1970’s saw boy band Bay City Rollers owned the world with massive hits like Saturday Night, I Only Want to Be With You, and Money Honey. They were the New Kids On The Block of the 1970’s with their music pounded on the radio every hour.
I’ll never forget this. At 16, I was bitten by the radio bug, thanks in part to the Rollers. I got to visit the legendary Dale Dorman LIVE on Boston’s massive top 40 station of the time, WRKO and watch his Saturday morning show. Dale said “watch this:” He CRANKED UP the studio speakers, and fired into The Bay City Rollers, hit You Made Me Believe In Magic. When Dale hit the LIVE “mic” a BIG RED LIGHT SAYING “ON THE AIR” illuminated the studio. At that moment, the magic hit ME, and I knew that maybe someday I’d be back in Boston on the air playing great songs, maybe on WRKO.
Thanks to Uncle Dale and The Bay City Rollers for the magic to bring me back to Boston. By the way, I didn’t make it on WRKO. But I was close: WROR were the caller letters of then their FM station, kinda like WRKO-FM. So in way, my dream came true.