Founding member of popular 70's band dies at 70
Alan Longmuir, the famous musician from Edinburg and member of the Bay City Rollers, passed away at the age of 70, surrounded by loved ones at the hospital.
The bass player drew his last breath on Monday, July 2, 2018, at Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, following a short and undisclosed illness.
Liam Rudden, Longmuir's longtime friend and biographer, took to his Twitter account to share a message from the musician's family with his fans and followers.
In the tweet, Longmuir's family described him as 'an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart,' and that they were lucky to have Longmuir as part of their lives.
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Devastated by the news my friend @alanlongmuirbcr has left us. He was one of the most gentle, generous & kind-hearted people I’ve ever known & touched the lives of all he met with a smile that made them feel special.”— Líam Rudden 💙🧢 (@LiamRudden) July 2, 2018
My heart breaks for Eileen & his family.
Rest in peace Alan x pic.twitter.com/NxZdwHk08c
"He brought so much love and kindness to everyone he met and he leaves a huge hole in our family. He would humbly say he was ' just a plumber from Edinburgh who got lucky.'"
Eileen Longmuir, Twitter, July 2, 2018
Aside from the sweet words destined to the bass player, his family also took the opportunity to thank everyone for their support while asking for privacy in order to mourn his death.
On this day in 1975, there was "Rollermania" as tickets went on sale in Glasgow for the Bay City Rollers concert at the Apollo Theatre in the city on April 27th 🎟️@TheEveningTimes #baycityrollers @LesMcKeownUK @alanlongmuirbcr pic.twitter.com/BIn4JBNWRY— Bay City Rollers & T Rextasy Fan (@tartanrollers) March 22, 2018
Longmuir founded the Bay City Rollers with his brother Derek in the late 60s and they were able to achieve great success, selling over 120 million records across the U.K., the U.S., Australia and Japan.
They were constantly mobbed by waves of teenage girls who dressed themselves to look like the members of the band, with the trademarked wide trousers, skinny shirts and tartan on.
In 1976, when the band reached the top of the Billboard charts with Saturday Night, the late 70-year-old decided to quit the band, which ended up splitting two years later, having reunited in 2015.
Les McKeown, frontman of the band, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Bay City Rollers founder, and told BBC that Longmuir 'was a true gentleman and a brilliant musician,' as well as a 'brilliant guy.'