Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Bay City Roller Les McKeown at the weekend. At a private ceremony in London, Welsh told those in attendance of his friendship and bond with the Edinburgh-born popstar, reports the Daily Record. McKeown’s wife Peko and son Jubei, who also delivered a tribute, celebrated his life with close friends and family.
By Hamish Morrison Trainee Reporter BAY City Roller star Les McKeown was remembered by his friend Irvine Welsh at his funeral. The Scottish singer was put to rest at a ceremony in London on Sunday. In line with Covid rules, 30 people attended the event, including the Trainspotting author, who read a passage to commemorate his late pal.
SEVENTIES icon Les McKeown was given a “hilarious” send-off – by his Trainspotting pal Irvine Welsh. A service for the former frontman with the Bay City Rollers was held at the East London Crematorium in the capital. And Edinburgh writer Welsh delivered a both “funny and sad” eulogy to Les who he’d been friends with for decades.
CATHERINE DEVENEY: Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown was a cocky ‘booze and burdz’ Jack the lad but I couldn’t dislike him
The voice on Amazon’s number one song playing in my kitchen was familiar, like a voice you knew once but changed, grown deeper with the years and the nicotine.“For worse or for better, we’ll always remember the tears and goodbye.” I certainly remember his tears – Mr Bay City Roller.
The voice on Amazon’s number one song playing in my kitchen was familiar, like a voice you knew once but had changed, grown deeper with the years and the nicotine.“For worse or for better, we’ll always remember the tears and goodbye.” I certainly remember his tears – Mr Bay City Roller.
POIGNANT pics show Bay City Roller Les McKeown recording his final ever number one.The late singer recorded Goodbye in 2016.But it surged to the top of the Amazon charts following a social media campaign after his death aged 65 last month.Now pics taken by showbiz snapper Brian Anderson show the rocker creating the hit that’s proved a huge success since he passed away.
Bay City Roller Les McKeown is number one with farewell song Goodbye as widow says he is 'at peace now'
Bay City Roller Les McKeown hits number one on Amazon charts with farewell song Goodbye as widow says he is 'at peace now' Late Bay City Roller Les McKeown hit number one on the Amazon charts with his farewell song Goodbye - as his widow admitted he'd now be 'at peace'.
One of the delights of a trip to St Petersburg was a night at the ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre.Not just enjoying Don Quixote danced to the music of Ludwig Minkus, but also the delight at being part of the Russian interval experience.As well as the local version of sparkling wine — which they maintain can be labelled as champanskoe, as long as they use Cyrillic script — there’s ice cream and some dainty little sandwiches.
The boys gave up their Christmas dinner with their families to play a full gig for the Scottish orphans who didn't have a mum or dad The Bay City Rollers rocked Renfrewshire in a secret gig, we can exclusively reveal.The story has been kept a secret for 47 years.
Following the sad passing of frontman Les McKeown last week, it feels like the right time to honour the times when he and his band, The Bay City Rollers brought joy to Cumbria.Famed for their hits "Shang-A-Lang", "Bye, Bye, Baby" and American number one single "Saturday Night", the group visited north Cumbria many times over the years, with the region, of course, a small stop from their native Scotland.
LAST Friday, the day after the death of the Bay City Rollers singer, Les McKeown, at the age of 65, the tennis coach Judy Murray tweeted a photo of her embracing him after a Rollers concert in 2016.Her caption read simply, “Bye bye baby”.
By Letters to the Editor Send us your views on the week's news IT WAS quite a shock to read that former lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown, has died at the age of a mere 65 years.A couple of friends and I use to run a busy mobile disco in the early 1970s and during that era the Bay City Rollers were a huge hit with the teeny-boppers.
LES MCKEOWN'S widow Peko Keiko has broken her silence about the Bay City Rollers' death, which she has called a "terrible shock".Les McKeown died aged 65 on Tuesday.His cause of death is current unknown, however it is believed he died suddenly.
BAY City Rollers fan Jenny Murphy was sad to hear of the death of the band’s frontman Les McKeown.Our reader points out that although the Edinburgh outfit played bubble-gum pop, they also provided the inspiration for grittier grooves, with original New York punk rockers, the Ramones, admitting they found inspiration in a Rollers song.
Speaking from her London home days after the singer died on Tuesday, aged 65, Peko Keiko paid tribute to her late husband.The widow of Bay City Rollers legend Les McKeown has revealed for the first time the ups and downs of their turbulent marriage following the death of the singer from a suspected heart attack.
LES McKeown’s widow has told how the Bay City Rollers legend is now “at peace” after struggling with his “demons”.Peko Keiko said her tragic hubby’s sudden death at 65 last week was “a terrible shock”.But she admitted their marriage, which lasted more than 30 years, endured “hard times” as the troubled star battled addiction and had a string of extramarital affairs.
The Edinburgh-born vocalist, who passed away on Tuesday, revealed his tongue-in-cheek epitaph during an unpublished interview.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.
Les McKeown, who has died aged 65, was the frontman in Bay City Rollers, the Scottish boy band who took the 1970s music world by storm with ‘Rollermania’; his vocals were first heard in 1974 on Remember (Sha-La-La-La), which shot to No 6 in the UK charts, heralding the start of band’s most successful period.