Bay City Rollers bassist Ian Mitchell dead at 62

Ian Mitchell was just 17 when he joined the Rollers in 1976

Ian Mitchell was just 17 when he joined the Rollers in 1976

In a statement at the Bay City Roller Facebook page it says, We are deeply saddened by the news of Ian Mitchell's death. However, Mitchell's time in the band was short-lived, as he quit the group just nine months later to return to his native Northern Ireland.

The band were formed by Edinburgh-born Alan Longmuir, who died in 2018, with his younger brother Derek.

Ian Mitchell of the Bay City Rollers joined the band at 17 years old in 1976.

The Bay City Rollers were a group of Scottish teen idols, most popular in the 1970s.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Wendy, their family and friends", they said, adding, "Rest In Peace, Ian".

They have reunited in various incarnations in the years since their major USA and United Kingdom successes.

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After the Bay City Rollers Mitchell moved to California and became a compueter programmer.

Mitchell replaced original member Alan Longmuir in 1976.

The tartan-clad band had previously dominated the charts with songs such as Saturday Night, Bye Bye Baby, Money Honey and I Only Want To Be With You, selling nearly 300 million records worldwide.

Signed to Clive Davis" then-new label, Arista, the group then broke through in the USA with "Saturday Night" (which, ironically, had flopped as a single in the U.K.) and follow-up hits like "Money Honey" and "Rock and Roll Love Letter'. They have continued as a novelty act in various incarnations over the past few decades.

Stuart "Woody" Wood, who is among the founding members and still performs with the band, wrote on Facebook: "Very sad, sad news about Ian Mitchell".

Writing on Instagram, he sent his "deepest condolences" to Mitchell's widow Wendy "and Ian's legion of fans around the world".

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