I hope people will remember me as the guy who sang all those fab, fun songs in the 1970s
Sunday Mail|April 25, 2021
Pop icon Les McKeown on legacy he wanted to leave
Peter Robertson

Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown said he hoped to be remembered as “the guy who sang on all those fab, fun songs in the 70s”.

The pop icon told in a poignant interview before he passed away at his London home last week, that despite his rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, he had lots of living still to do.

The 65-year-old singer, who helped the tartan-clad Rollers become Britain’s biggest pop group of the time, said: “I’m not sure how I want people to remember me. Obviously, on the lighter side of life, as the guy who sang on all those fab fun songs in the 70s.

“But I don’t think I’m finished with my life yet, so maybe they’re gonna remember me for something else. “I’d love to live to the age of my father, who was 91 when he died – and mum was 8 9. If the genes are helping me, maybe I’ll have another 35 years. But I’ve got my doubts. I’ve abused my body a bit too much over the years.”

And he revealed that he wanted to return to Scotland to live after decades down south.

He said: “I don’t have a place in Scotland anymore. After my mum and dad died, I sold up anything I had there and moved out. My brothers are living up there now and some of them I get on with, some of them I don’t, so I don’t bother that much.

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