Billy Lyall

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Billy Lyall
Birth nameWilliam Lyall
Born(1953-03-26)26 March 1953
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died1 December 1989(1989-12-01) (aged 36)
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
InstrumentsVocals and keyboards
Years active1969–1989
Associated actsPilot, Bay City Rollers, The Alan Parsons Project

William "Billy" Lyall (26 March 1953 – 1 December 1989) was a Scottish musician.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lyall was a keyboard player, vocalist and occasional flautist with Pilot, and an early member of the Bay City Rollers. He was keyboard player for Dollar between 1978 & 1982, and also contributed to The Alan Parsons Project with fellow Pilot members. He left Pilot in early 1976 and released a solo album, Solo Casting later that year. He also contributed string arrangements and synthesizer parts to an album by the band Runner (Island records) in 1979.[1]

Lyall died of AIDS-related causes in 1989, aged 36.[2] Bay City Rollers' manager Tam Paton later said that Lyall was gay.[3]


  1. ^ "Runner - Runner | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  2. ^ Uhelszki, Jaan (25 October 1999). "Courtney to Get Behind the Camera". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  3. ^ Jonsson, Hannes A. (23 January 2000). "Tam Paton Spills The Heinz Baked Beans!". Retrieved 14 October 2008.