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Bay City Rollers star Ian Mitchell dies after the band say they are "deeply saddened" about his death


Bay City Rollers star Ian Mitchell dies aged 62: the band says they are “deeply saddened” to hear the death of a former teenage heartbreaker mentioned in Friends, despite being with the group for only seven months has spent

  • Bay City Rollers today confirmed his death in a statement on their Facebook page
  • The band said in a statement that they were "deeply saddened" by the news of his death
  • Mitchell joined the band in 1976 at the age of 17, but left with the group after seven months

Former Bay City Rollers band member Ian Mitchell has died at the age of 62.

Ian joined the band in 1976 at the age of 17, replacing bassist Alan Longmuir. After seven months he left the Scottish group known as "Tartan Teen Sensations".

The Bay City Rollers official Facebook page posted a statement this morning announcing his death.

It said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Ian Mitchell's death. Our thoughts and prayers go with his wife, Wendy, and their family and friends. Rest in peace, Ian. & # 39;

Ian from Northern Ireland was the first to join the band from outside their hometown of Edinburgh.

Ian Mitchell (pictured 1976) joined the band at the age of 17, replacing bassist Alan Longmuir. After seven months he left the Scottish group known as "Tartan Teen Sensations".

The Bay City Rollers with Derek Longmuir (L) pictured with fellow band members (2L-R), Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown (back), Ian Mitchell and Stewart Wood

The Bay City Rollers with Derek Longmuir (L) pictured with fellow band members (2L-R), Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown (back), Ian Mitchell and Stewart Wood

While with the Bay City Rollers, Ian recorded an album, Dedication, in 1976 and had a hit cover of Dusty Springfield's song "I Only Want to be With You".

The track reached number 12 on the US charts.

He left the band in late 1976 when the band's popularity waned and was replaced by guitarist Pat McGlynn.

Fans paid tribute to the singer on social media today.

Tony Blackburn (center) with Les Mckeown (right) and Ian Mitchell (left) from the pop group The Bay City Rollers

Tony Blackburn (center) with Les Mckeown (right) and Ian Mitchell (left) from the pop group The Bay City Rollers

One wrote: “My deepest condolences. I met Ian at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, he was giving a concert with Leif Garrett, I also met his wife.

& # 39; They were both very kind and sweet. Pray & # 39;

Another said, “I'm so sorry to hear of Ian's death. I've loved this band since I was just 4 years old and I remember how excited I was to see them on TV and dance to their music.

& # 39; It's one of my earliest memories. Thanks for the music. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;

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