August 08, 2018

'Bay City Rollers' original member dies in house fire

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An original member of the Bay City Rollers has died. Archie Marr passed away after experiencing a fire at his home in the south side of Edinburgh.

The cause of the fire hasn’t yet been reported. Marr was the band’s keyboard player when they had their first hit Keep on Dancing.

When Keep on Dancing reached No 7 in the charts in 1971, Archie Marr, 66, was still a member. He quit after 18 months before the band, Bay City Rollers, became a global success.

His brother, David, 63, said he got sick of travelling around the country in a van. Marr chose to rather go into the pub business.



For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The star was found dead last month.

His passing came only three weeks after Bay City Rollers guitarist Alan Longmuir died at Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert after a short illness. David shared a bit about his late brother.

He said, “Archie was a real character and loved by everyone who came into contact with him. He was in a local band Tandem in the 1960s who were very successful.”



Then the Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton recruited him. Before leaving the group, Marr appeared with them on Top of The Pops.

The star enjoyed the adulation but didn’t enjoy the constant travelling. In those years, there were no private jets only 12-hour journeys in the back of vans to different parts of Britain.

Marr was a homebody who loved being in Edinburgh and near his family. “He also had no regrets about the band later enjoying worldwide fame and success,” according to David.

Marr opened his own bar, Marr’s, in Thistle Street in the city in the 80s with David. Their father, George, later bought the establishment

The star suffered from multiple sclerosis and needed round-the-clock care. It’s been reported that he will be laid to rest later this month at Mortonhall Crematorium in the capital.