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McKeown was born in the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish parents. He joined the Bay City Rollers in late 1973. It was a very special night in November 1973 as Leslie Richard McKeown flourished into the powerful energy leading the Bay City Rollers, with Les McKeown they soon became a worldwide sensation, ROLLERMANIA® was born.
Les McKeown was with the band until 1978, at which time he left to pursue a career as a solo artist, releasing a series of solo albums which saw gold record success, primarily in Germany and Japan. 1990 Les McKeown started his own version of the Bay City Rollers and has been touring around the world every year since as Les McKeown’s Legendary Bay City Rollers to great acclaim an authentic production of all the BCR hits with the actual man who was there and sang them all.
Studio Solo albums
- 1979 - All Washed Up
- 1980 - The Face of Love
- 1980 - 100% Live
- 1980 - The Greatest
- 1981 - Sweet Pain
- 1982 - Heart Control
- 1989 - It's a Game
- 1993 - Love Letter (as Leslie McKeown's 70s Bay City Rollers)
- 2016 - The Lost Songs
Studio Band albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Once Upon a Star||
|Bay City Rollers||
|Wouldn't You Like It?||
|Rock n' Roll Love Letter||
|It's a Game||
|Strangers in the Wind||
|A Christmas Shang-A-Lang||
|"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
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