The Beatles dominated the music industry of the 60s. It is not surprising that many bands tried to fashion themselves after the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. One such band appeared for a brief but fervent period (nicknamed "Rollermania") in the 70s. They were worldwide teen idols. According to the BBC they sold 70 million records.
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Bay City Rollers Biography
The Bay City Rollers As an enormous heartthrob phenomenon in the UK, the Bay City Rollers had their audience mesmerized. Scotland's tartan-clad teeny bopper sensations every move was greeted with the same hype as that which was encountered during the days of Beatlemania. However, their 'stardom' never reached the heights of aspiration hoped for at the time. As for the USA, like so many first crushes - here today, gone tomorrow - within 18 months of their television debut in 1975, their unofficial shining as America's most kissable newest stars had dimmed.
1975 The Bay City Rollers made their US TV debut when they appeared on the first broadcast of 'Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell' show on NBC. The show would later become known as just 'Saturday Night Live'. The heavily hyped Scottish band performance led Cosell to compare this pop group openly to The Beatles.
The music of The Bay City Rollers lives on and on with the irresistible stutter-step rhythm of "Saturday Night" never waning. Some songs just have a way of becoming stuck in our heads, then, surfacing at just the right moment as we dance to the rhythm of life.1969 During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...