Jubei McKeown Wiki – Jubei McKeown Biography
Jubei McKeown is the son of Les McKeown, a Scottish pop singer who was the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers during their most successful period. The singer died suddenly at home on April 20th, 2021 aged 65, with the band paying tribute to him and expressing their “profound sadness”.
Jubei McKeown Age
Jubei McKeown’s age is unknown.
Jubei McKeown’s son of the Les McKeown & Peko Keiko, McKeown, who was raised in an Edinburgh tenement block, sang the Scottish group’s UK No 1 Bye Bye Baby as well as Top 10 hits such as Shang-a-Lang and Summerlove Sensation and led them into a phase of US success in the mid-70s.
The Bay City Rollers formed in 1964, originally with singer Gordon Clark, primarily playing covers of US pop and R&B songs. They broke through in 1971 with Keep on Dancing, but their popularity faltered, and Clark left in 1973 to be replaced by McKeown.
The handsome singer quickly amassed a teenage following and took the band back to the Top 10 in 1974 with Remember (Sha-La-La-La), the first in a run of hit singles that cemented the group as one of UK’s most popular – and screamed over – groups. In all, they sold over 120m records.
They had hits with further cover versions such as Bye Bye Baby, but also original material such as Give a Little Love, a UK No 1 in 1975 (written by songwriters John Goodison and Phil Wainman), and band-penned hits such as Money Honey. McKeown and the group proudly displayed their Scottish heritage with tartan clothing, which soon became uniform of sorts for fans. “We were young, working-class guys who wanted to be famous, and wanted to play all over the world and make our music and Scotland and tartan famous, and that was our main goal,” McKeown said in 2013.
At the height of their British fame in 1975, Clive Davis, who founded Arista Records in 1974 and would later nurture Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, successfully launched the group in North America – they reached No 1 in the US with the single Saturday Night and had two further Top 10 hits there.
Les McKeown Cause of Death
Les McKeown, the singer who led the Bay City Rollers in their most successful period, has died aged 65.
His family said that he “died suddenly at home”, and asked for privacy following “the shock of our profound loss”. No cause of death has been announced.
In 2009, rocker Lee celebrated his wife as an “incredible woman” after she forgave him for having 12 gay affairs. The Bay City Rollers star first made the revelation during his time filming the reality show Rehab for Living TV.
He said at the time: “I’ve been a bit of a George Michael, meeting people, often strangers, for sex.”
His wife Peko held their family together in the wake of the scandal.
“We were friends as well as working partners. He was hoping to get it all going again and he was one of the hardest working men in the music industry. We got on so great and he was great fun to be around. He had his moments but was always a good laugh to be around and a great performer.”
Les’ death was announced via the band’s Facebook page with a statement from his family.
It read: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
“We are currently making arrangements for his funeral.”