Alan Longmuir

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Alan Longmuir
Birth nameAlan Longmuir
Born(1948-06-20)20 June 1948
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died2 July 2018(2018-07-02) (aged 70)
Larbert, Scotland
Genres Rock, pop rock
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active1970–2018

Alan Longmuir (20 June 1948 2 July 2018) was a Scottish musician and a founding member of the 1970s pop group, the Bay City Rollers. He played the bass guitar in the band whilst his younger brother Derek Longmuir was drummer. [1]

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and Celtic ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

Musical ensemble group of people who perform instrumental and/or vocal music, with the ensemble typically known by a distinct name

A musical ensemble, also known as a music group or musical group, is a group of people who perform instrumental or vocal music, with the ensemble typically known by a distinct name. Some music ensembles consist solely of instruments, such as the jazz quartet or the orchestra. Some music ensembles consist solely of singers, such as choirs and doo wop groups. In both popular music and classical music, there are ensembles in which both instrumentalists and singers perform, such as the rock band or the Baroque chamber group for basso continuo and one or more singers. In classical music, trios or quartets either blend the sounds of musical instrument families or group together instruments from the same instrument family, such as string ensembles or wind ensembles. Some ensembles blend the sounds of a variety of instrument families, such as the orchestra, which uses a string section, brass instruments, woodwinds and percussion instruments, or the concert band, which uses brass, woodwinds and percussion.

Bay City Rollers Scottish pop band

The Bay City Rollers are a Scottish pop rock band known for their worldwide teen idol popularity in the 1970s. They have been called the "tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh", and "the first of many acts heralded as the 'biggest group since the Beatles'".



Longmuir was born at Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion Hospital, Edinburgh. His father was an undertaker. A member of a musical family, he formed his first band at the age of 17, with his brother Derek and two others. They changed their name and line-up to become the Bay City Rollers. [1] Until their career took off, he worked as a plumber. [2]

Edinburgh Capital city in Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Historically part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore.

Plumber profession

A plumber is tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage and drainage in plumbing systems.

In 1976, at the height of the band's popularity, Alan Longmuir left and was replaced by rhythm guitarist Ian Mitchell, a man ten years his junior, who would in turn make way for Pat McGlynn. Tam Paton, then the group's manager, alleged that Longmuir had tried to commit suicide. Paton's own conduct was later revealed as a contributory factor in the unhappiness of some band members. [1] [3]

Patrick James "Pat" McGlynn was a rhythm guitarist for the Bay City Rollers.

Thomas Dougal "Tam" Paton was the Scottish manager and primary spokesman, during the 1970s, of the Scottish pop group the Bay City Rollers.

Management Coordinating the efforts of people

Management is the administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government body. Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organization and coordinating the efforts of its employees to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources. The term "management" may also refer to those people who manage an organization.

Longmuir returned to the group in 1978 following McGlynn's departure, and thereafter switched between bass guitar, rhythm guitar and keyboards. He also played piano accordion. [4]

Longmuir was married twice, first to Jan Longmuir, from 1985 until their divorce in 1990; they had one son, Jordan. [5] His second marriage was to Eileen Rankin, and lasted from 1998 until his death; Eileen had two sons of her own. [6]

Longmuir died on 2 July 2018 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, after contracting an illness while on holiday in Mexico, where he had been a patient at the Galenia Hospital in Cancún but had been cleared to return home. He was 70. [7] uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/alan-longmuir-dead-bay-city-rollers-bassist-edinburgh-mexico-tributes-a8426271.html |accessdate=2 July 2018 |work=The Independent |deadurl=no |archiveurl= |archivedate=2 July 2018 |df=dmy-all }}</ref> [8]

Forth Valley Royal Hospital Hospital in Larbert, Scotland

Forth Valley Royal Hospital is a hospital located in Larbert, Scotland. With 860 inpatient beds, 25 wards, and 16 operating theatres, it was Scotland's largest ever NHS construction project at the time but has been surpassed by the New Southern General hospital amongst others. Built at a cost of £300 million on the site of the old Royal Scottish National Hospital, it opened to its first patients in 2010. It is operated by NHS Forth Valley.

Larbert small town in the Falkirk council area of Scotland

Larbert is a small town in the Falkirk council area of Scotland. The town lies in the Forth Valley above the River Carron which flows from the west. Larbert is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the shoreline of the Firth of Forth and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northwest of Falkirk, the main town in the area. The village of Stenhousemuir lies directly east of Larbert, with both settlements being contiguous and sharing certain public amenities with one another. In recent times the town has received significant national media coverage for its regular invitational ping pong series. It is said that the origin of the tournament slogan ‘Land of the free, home of the chop’ is attributed to the style of backhand shots played by one of the tournament professionals. The prestigious tournament often hosts guest appearances from competitors, travelling from London on a monthly basis to participate.

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  2. Diane King (2 July 2018). "Alan Longmuir family issue heartfelt statement after star's death". Edinburgh News. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018.
  3. Pierre Perrone (11 April 2009). "Tam Paton: Disgraced former manager of the Bay City Rollers". The Independent. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
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  6. {{cite web|url= City Roller Alan Longmuir obituary: From Gorgie tenement to superstardom|website=The Scotsman Edinburgh News|author=Liam Rudden|date=2 July 2018|deadurl=no|archiveurl= While owner of the Castle Campbell Hotel in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, he suffered two heart attacks and a stroke, and in 2000 he decided to retrain as a building inspector.<ref>Stephen Naysmith. "Tributes paid after 'original' Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir dies from mystery bug". Herald Scotland. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  7. "Bay City Rollers bassist Alan Longmuir dies aged 70".
  8. "Alan Longmuir, 70: Founding member of the Bay City Rollers, who made 70s hits". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 July 2018.