Les McKeown

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Leslie Richard McKeown (born 12 November 1955) is a Scottish pop singer who was the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers during their most successful period.


McKeown was born in the Simpson Memorial Maternity Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish parents.[1] He joined the Bay City Rollers in late 1973.

The group's intense popularity, nicknamed "Rollermania", took off shortly afterwards. He 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 modest success, primarily in Germany and Japan.

It was in 1988 and 1989 McKeown worked with Dieter Bohlen. The result of their partnership was the album It's A Game.[2]


Studio 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



  • Stambler, Irwin, Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Soul. 1974. St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, N.Y. ISBN 0-312-02573-4
  • Shang-a-lang: Life as an International Pop Idol Les McKeown, Lynne Elliott, Irvine Welsh, 2003 ISBN 1-84018-651-8

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