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Les McKeown was the lead singer for the Scottish band the Bay City Rollers, who had hits in the 1970s including “Saturday Night” and “Money Honey.”

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Published in Morning Call on Apr. 22, 2021.
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May 7, 2021
Les you are going to be missed so much ,your songs will go on forever ,such a caring man , interacted with all your fans .seen you in liverpool , brliant show , even got to talk to you
Deepest sympathy to your wife peko & jubai .
Rest now les , go make lots of music in heaven with alan , your are the brightest star shining in the sky at night
Lorraine Roche
Acquaintance
May 7, 2021
Thank you les for the music,you was my summer love sensation, my true teenage Dream, I got to see you 2 yrs ago, you will be truly and deeply missed, I calnt believe your gone. Rest in peace beautiful les. All my love. you will never be forgotten. My love always. carol.
Carol Lawrenson
Friend
May 7, 2021
i was president of the Bay City Roller fan club here in ontario canada.i met les in the mid 90's when he played at lu lu's in kitchener.im very upset to here of his sudden passing. may he rest in peace.
me thoughts and prayers are with his family. im crying me eyes out.
jackie Quinn
May 7, 2021
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Les.. I grew up listening to the Bay City Rollers and still listen to them at the age of 60.. .. deepest sympathy to his family and friends .. Rock on Les, you are a superstar...
Deb Fitzsimmons
May 7, 2021
What can anyone say, I'm heart broken my first ever crush, seen him in the original bay city rollers and many times with his own band sad loss, you've broken my teenage heart, let's keep on dancing your memory will live on rip les
jeanette Henry
May 7, 2021
Loved and missed forever. Anyone who met you would have known what a fantastic guy you were. Every time I saw you it was like ... rewind ... teenager again! What a star What a showman. What an entertainer. Just a nice guy. Please Stay always my favourite song. Now it’s Goodbye. Rest In Peace. Good night and God Bless. Love always Deb x
May 7, 2021
Judy You Chu
May 7, 2021
So sad Les. Met you all at Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough in the 70's but never saw you play again until my 60th birthday as a surprise from my friend. Met you and your band again in 2019 at Billingham Forum and was looking forward to see you all in October 2021, again for my birthday. I will always keep your music alive. You were, and are a beautiful person. RIP Love Anita xxxx
Anita Mathisen
Friend
May 6, 2021
I celebrated my 60th birthday on 21st April.. . Lockdown stopped us going away.. my daughter organised a bay city roller themed day in her garden as I've been a life long Les fan. I had bay city roller cake. . T. Shirts. And a screen set up for concert in the garden. I even had actual tickets... my daughter had contacted Les in March to ask if he could do video on the day.. he said he would call.. my daughter kept whole day a surprise. She couldn't get hold of Les day before. And now we know why .... we celebrated on 21st not knowing..
It was a wonderful night and every bit was happy because of Les and my love for rollers.
Next day we all heard the sad news.
He was an amazing man and brought happiness to my life.
Everyone who knows me will know shang a lang !!
Sending all my love to Les family.
Remember !!! He has brought happiness to millions and will never be forgotten ❤
Mags Allen
Acquaintance
May 6, 2021
You were my idol,loved the music,many happy memories of seeing The Rollers and I will never ever forget you. Rest in peace Les you were one in a million. Xx
Wilma Buchan
May 6, 2021
Les McKeown thank you for your Music and all your song's you have sung I will never let your Music die.... your song's will last forever I will never forget you Goodbye beautifull oneMay you be at peace now I love you allways Les Mckeown ❤ Shang a Lang
Love Carol howell
XXXXXX
Carol howell
May 6, 2021
Loved and adored by millions the world over, a true legend and icon, you are missed more than you’ll ever know dearest Les. Your voice, your looks oh so handsome, your charisma, your humour....there’ll never be another you. Deepest sympathy to your sweet family.
Susan Ewbank
Acquaintance
May 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Fiona Walker
May 6, 2021
R.I.P. Les, you have been my idol and hero since I was 13 loved you then and always will you will never be forgotten Les and your music will live on in your fans keep on dancing my angel gone way too soonlove your heartbroken fan x
Sheralyn Matthews
May 6, 2021
Les, you made my young dreams special, i was only 10 but like my friends, we all lived and breathed you. Last saw you at the Plaza in Stockport and you were fab, as always. Will never forget you. Shirley, Rachael and Elaine.xxxxx
Shirley Mullen
May 6, 2021
Gonna soo miss you at the Whitley Bay Playhouse. You can join the heavenly Rollers with Alan and Ian .......we used to sing a song Remember xxxx
Margi Ad
Friend
May 6, 2021
Thank you, Leslie. D.
May 6, 2021
Met you in the late 70ties in a club in Frankfurt. Was prepared to see you once more on tour 2021.Now you have gone! Miss you!!
Conny
Friend
May 6, 2021
Rest in peace les god bless
Annette Hunter
May 6, 2021
A true gem from my childhood days , loved "rockin " to the rollers saw Les twice as an adult in the "once in a lifetime" and Rewind tour " a true gent gone too soon.xxx
beverley smith
Significant_other
May 6, 2021
Rip les mckeown my childhood idol
Karen Mccann
Significant_other
May 6, 2021
What can I say? He was a huge part of my childhood. He will forever be in my heart... His voice, their music got me through some very rough times. Goodbye Leslie, thank you.
Mary Higgins
May 6, 2021
R.i.p les so much memories of you all when I was growing up you will never be forgotten ❤ xx
May 6, 2021
So sad to hear the news about Les. Went to see him a few times with his Bay City Rollers what a performer he was. He will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Julie Howson
May 6, 2021
A very sad to time, a very talented singer taken far to early.....
RIP Les....
May 5, 2021
Sorry to hear about his passing. The Bay City Rollers introduced me to rock 'n roll when I was just a little girl. My favourite song was "Saturday Night" and I bought my first album just for this song.
Toni Nahdee
Friend
May 5, 2021
Les , Thank you for all of my fond teenage memories of Bay City Rollers. RIP Les McKeon
Alice Mollohan
May 5, 2021
Les, thank you so much for the music and the love that you gave to the world. You are going to be missed very much.
Kristy Timm
Acquaintance
May 5, 2021
Goodnight Les, in the of God always, you were a great band and loved by millions
Chris O'Dwyer
Acquaintance
May 5, 2021
Goodbye Les. Fly high. Thankyou for the music,the love and friendship of being a Bay City Roller fan.... forever. Thankyou for the worldwide family I belong to. Thankyou for being the best lead vocals of the best band! We love you and will never forget you or let the music die.Peace be yours Debz. England xx
Deborah Neale
Family
May 5, 2021
RIP pretty man . You made me believe in Magic when I was young.i will always love you.
Etain Agincoirt
Friend
May 5, 2021
RIP Les, you were a very big part of my life, growing up with your music and inspiration. Your music will live on forever as will my memories of you. Bye Bye Baby. Gone too soon but never forgotten, your forever fan, Mags ❤❤❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Margaret Kilshaw
Friend
May 5, 2021
Gone way too soon. RIP Les.
Maggie Drury
Friend
May 5, 2021
So heartbroken,will never forget you Les you were a really great man on and off stage,you made my teenage years magic, your music will live on forever in our hearts love and condolences to your family
Annette Walker
May 5, 2021
My heart is broken.....you will be forever missed. Your voice was magic and the stage your home. Thank you for the memories. Your music will live on and never die. Condolences to your beautiful family. RIP Leslie
Barbara Thompson
Friend
May 5, 2021
I am so very sad to hear about Les Mckeowns passing so suddely. I feel a door has been closed on my early teenage years. I adored the Bay City Rollers and Les was my first . I was to young to go to concerts in those days however My dream came true after winning a competition to see him a few years ago in Manchester with Woody and Alan.. I was so excited to see my first crush, and was om a constant high afterwards. May he find peace ... BYE BYE BABY.... Thankyou for all the memories and songs, your vioce will live on... ❤ Kay xxx
Kay Heath
Friend
May 5, 2021
Love BCR still. Les was the main man. He could really sing. Gone way too soon. May he RIP.
Yvonne Harrison
Teacher
May 5, 2021
Keep on rockin in your next life Les. Condolences to your family
Lynne Taylor
Friend
May 4, 2021
Thank you for all you done miss you always
Debbie Lopez
May 4, 2021
R. I. P les you will be missed
Anita Insley
May 4, 2021
Thank you for the memories music and for being you ❤ RIP Les xxlove April x
May 4, 2021
Loved you Les..such special memories of being so young..thank you for the music...love Tina x
Tina Hudson
Friend
May 4, 2021
To the very first love of my life, you gave us all so very much happiness, your voice can never be replaced , your smile will forever be held in my heart forever & beyond ♥ your being made us believe in magic ! Loved always ❤
Tracey Cooke
May 4, 2021
Les you will be sadly missed you made a lot of people very happy I have seen you many times over the years. Give a little love but now it's bye bye baby. Sending love to peko and Jubie xxx❤❤❤
Julie Wilkinson
Friend
May 4, 2021
Deepest sympathy
Lorna Maass
Neighbor
May 4, 2021
Dearest Les
What a true legend you were, the Roller days were the best years of our lives ! Rest in Rollinering peace.
You were loved
Sue, Carol, June
Xxx
Sue, Carol, June
Friend
May 4, 2021
Les, you were a true star, and a great performer, who loved to see people happy, and enjoying themselves, your memory will live on, keep on Rollin.
YOU ARE OUR LEGEND
Love you always
Sue,June, Carol
Xxx
Sue, June, Carol
Friend
May 4, 2021
Thankyou for all the fabulous memories, from being a star struck teenager to a grandmother! Rest in peace Les you will always be missed. BYE BYE BABY
Lynn Murray
May 4, 2021
The BCR where the biggest part of my teenage years so thankyou les allan derek eric and stuart for the best teenage years ever rip les xxxx
Glenis Punter
May 4, 2021
Thank you for the music - my teenage love ❤ I will never forget you. Love you Les
Ina Prinzhorn
Friend
May 4, 2021
Unforgettable memories of my teenage years. Les you were amazing. Bye bye baby ❣❣❣
Carol Nesbit
Significant_other
May 4, 2021
Les you made my teenage years fantastic,and like you say on your album your music will never die,you will be sadly missed R I P xxx.
Susan Kershaw
May 4, 2021
so loved so missed my heart is shattered like glass you were awswome and loved your fans with all your heart so loved so missed
catherine geller
Acquaintance
May 4, 2021
R.I.P Les Thank you for the Memories. Keep on Rolling.
Sheila Staunton
May 4, 2021
Farewell Les and rest in peace. Thank you for your wonderful gift of voice to the world. God bless you.
Freda Howard
May 4, 2021
Thank you for the memories your voice helped me survive tough times in the 70's R I P Les McKeown
Michelle Bartlett
Friend
May 4, 2021
God bless you Les..only ever got to see you once which was at Newcastle theatre. Never got to see you in my teen years when yous in the USA as i was living there when BCR made it big..every one i met loved me as i was a huge fan of yours and coming from geordie land they thought it was fab as not far from Scotland
You made me get so many memories meeting roller fans..your gonna be a big miss..Rock it up in heaven.. x
Susan Covell
May 4, 2021
R.I.P LES YOU WAS MY FAVOURITE, NEVER FOR GET YOU, LOVED BAY CITY ROLLERS ❤
Angie Harris
Significant_other
May 4, 2021
RIP Les and thank you for the music.
sandra Derbyshire
May 4, 2021
Dearest les, you were such a huge part of my teenage years. I’m so very thankful I was able to see you perform twice. I’ll never forgot you and your music will play on xxxxxx
Tracey Gordon
May 4, 2021
All of me loves all of you. So pleased I got to see you in concert a couple of years ago. Forever in my heart - my thoughts are with your family.
Amanda Lough
Friend
May 4, 2021
RIP Les McKeown, you’re a good man. Bless. ♥
Tracey Sweeney
Friend
May 4, 2021
Your music will live on.... Rest in peace Les
Chris Gee
May 4, 2021
This morning played don't let the music die off the Essential Album and a thought struck me
We will not let the music die for you Les Mckeown who gave so much pleasure over the years to everyone RIP Remember When !!! thoughts to your family xx
Debra Hancock
May 4, 2021
Brightened up our life in the 70'S Excellent vocals, excellent onstage entertainer,
every ones heart throb , having a bad time this week but downloaded essential rollers on itunes so listening in my car and again brightened up my life thank you Les McKeown thank you Bay City Rollers forever in our hearts
Debra Hancock
May 4, 2021
RIP. Loved all your music. Still play it now at 57. We used to watch you on the telly at boarding school. I was and still am a very big fan.
Margaret Amos
May 4, 2021
Absolutely devastated, Les you were taken too soon, Eric was the cute one , but Les , you were the handsome one , with the cheeky grin . You were the John Lennon . RIP Les , you gave us such beautiful music .
Angela Allen
May 4, 2021
I was so so sad to hear of your passing .
You & the Rollers was a big part of my teenage years , & when you & the guys started touring again it was like going back in time .
I have so many happy memories with my friends of going to see you & the Rollers .
Your music always brings a smile to my face .
R.I.P Les
Irene Pyle
May 4, 2021
Sad day you were a legend. Saw the the Rollers back in the 70's several times.
Always remember you Les , your music will live on. Condolences to Peko an Jubei
Kathleen Robertson
May 4, 2021
Thank you les for all the happy memories you have given me. Your music, concerts, and for all those posters that decorated my walls. Will miss you always but you hold a special place in my heart. Fly high with the angels les.xxxxx
Trish Mccreadie
Friend
May 4, 2021
Rest in peace Les / fond memories of the joy yourself and the b.c.r gave my sister Angela from clitheroe as a teenager and through her life / I'm sure all the b.c.r fans will find a way to carry on your legacy / x
Michael Wilson
May 4, 2021
RIP les. Your music will stay in our hearts and live forever. You were one of a kind and a brilliant entertainer.
Tracey Herbert
May 4, 2021
Rest in peace dear Les so plsd I got to meet you and share rollerising with you and your brilliant band members and also some fab friends, have made some previous loving memories, you will be sadly missed and will always have a place in my heart ❤
Lynn Appleby
Friend
May 4, 2021
Thank you for the carefree Rollers years that I spent with my best friend who is also very sadly no longer with us. Les you were the ultimate frontman and the joy of your music and performances will remain forever in our hearts. Wish we could turn back the clock. Missing you both . RIP
Jane Mitchell
Friend
May 4, 2021
Dear Leslie.
You have been part of my life since 1974 with your music.
I will miss not seeing you in concert again.
I loved meeting you and seeing your sweet smile.
Rest In Peace now, you are a beautiful angel.
Love you Always
Kerry Donahoo.❤❤
Kerry Donahoo
May 4, 2021
GOD BLESS YOU LES SUCH HAPPY MEMORIES OF YOU WITH THE GROUP BUYING ME AND ELSIE A DRINK AND TALKING TO US AND BEIÑG SO POLITE SUCH A EVENING AND DANCING
May 4, 2021
Will never forget you Les and was so pleased to see you at Apex theatre at Bury St Edmunds
Jackie Knight
May 4, 2021
#goodbyelesmckeown I am just =” fly high sweet angle never let the music die
I was just to hear of your passing fly high sweet angel will never let the music die #goobyelesmckeown
Jennifer Atkinson
May 3, 2021
RIP dear sweet Les. We will never let your music die.
JoAnn Russell
May 3, 2021
Condolences to his family and I'm so sorry for their loss. Les will never be forgotten.
MB Hansen
May 3, 2021
Will never forget you les my fav band and you were my fav bay city roller so sad this happen been fan for decades RIP Les xxx
Janette EWART
May 3, 2021
When I read of les passing I cried I loved him from a very young age and I still love him and I’m in my fifties now my heart is hurting RIP les thankyou for the music and the memories
Kathy Brown
May 3, 2021
I feel like a part of my childhood is gone now. I adored Les and the Rollers.
Annette Sober
Friend
May 3, 2021
Gone too =. RIP Les. You will be sorely missed..=
May 3, 2021
I’m beyond devastated by the passing of Les Mckeown. I grew up with their music & always looked up to Les. I’m in denial - I just think that it’s a very bad dream, & when I wake up everything will be fine. RIP my hero & idol. I can’t believe that I won’t ever see you sing & perform, what you absolutely adored doing. Thank you for the 48 years you gave us. Thank you for filling my teenage years with such joy. Thank you for the music. You will live on in our hearts forever. Thank you Peko for sharing Les with us. Condolences to Peko, Jubei, friends & all his fans across the globe. Les, you will be sorely missed!
Sandy Kumar
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
I can't believe it; it still does not feel real. Thank you for all the music, memories, and love that you have given us throughout the years. I wish we could have met so I could tell you how much you and your music mean to me. I love you and miss you so much. RIP, you were gone too soon but you will never be forgotten.
Camille
May 3, 2021
Still love Bay City Rollers they brought glory to our teenage lives way back in seventies. Les was so handsome and we loved him so much, he was our Teen Idol.
"You had time of your life but now it's over"
Rest In Peace Legend
Significant_other
May 3, 2021
We will never let the music die
RIP Les
Jacqueline Robertson
Classmate
May 3, 2021
Rip in peace my dear les you bought joy to my life you were a fantastic singer and a lovely guy seen you twice on stage will never forget it i will never forget you so sleep with the angels you are at peace now bye bye until we meet again love from babs in scotland
barbara lambert
Friend
May 3, 2021
Les. Loved you for over 40 years. You will be sorely missed RIP. Thank you for all the Amazing memories.
Charlotte Coyne
Friend
May 3, 2021
RIP LES GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
REST EASY AND SLEEP PEASTFULY
Terri
May 3, 2021
Rest in Peace
May 3, 2021
Thank you Les for the great memories, I still play the Baycityrollers LP. I eventually ti see you in Belfast 2015. My wish list was complete. RIP Les xx
Betsy
May 3, 2021
Thank you for filling my teenage years with happiness. Each time I hear your voice I'll forever be brought back to that 16 year old girl. Rest in peace you beautiful soul, you will be missed forever. ❤❤
#GoodbyeLesMcKeown
Mary McNally
May 3, 2021
RIP and thank you for the music! I was to young to see the BCR live back in the 70s but I got to see you live in 2019. A childhood dream come true! ♥. Keep on rolling Les, Alan and Ian
May 3, 2021
Thanks for helping to make my early teenage years fun and special and for keeping the BCRs music going till the present day. So sad that there will be no more gigs, just happy memories of some great nights out. You were a star and always had time for your fans. Bye Bye Les - thank you for the music, for being a lovely person and for some amazing memories
Catriona
May 3, 2021
Les Thank you for a lifetime of memories keep on Rockin n Rolling in heaven , RIP a fan forever Lori Beatty
May 3, 2021
Rest in peace Les...I put your poster on my bedroom wall when I was 10 and that was it...I've loved you ever since...you'll always have a place in my heart. Keep on Rolling X❤X
Tracy Trotter
May 3, 2021
Such a shock to hear of you passing. Thanks for all the fab memories. May you rest in peace and sleep tight
Avril Connor
May 3, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. So glad I saw u in concert bye bye baby we all love u les x
Gill Brown
Friend
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