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The Bay City Rollers' second U.K. album was re-released with bonus tracks in 2004. Once Upon a Star was their piece de resistance, a 12-song set conceived in the first white-hot glare of superstardom, but unscarred, as yet, by the jealousies, resentments, and in-fighting that would ultimately bring the band down. Certainly it is difficult to find fault with any album that opens with that spellbinding remake of the oldie "Bye Bye Baby," closes with the one-two punch of "Rock and Roll Honeymoon" and "Hey Beautiful Dreamer," and even dares a remake of the group's very first single, 1971's "Keep on Dancing." Indeed, so strong was the overall album that there wasn't even room for one of the band's finest 45s ever — "All of Me Loves All of You" is likewise relegated to the bonus tracks, alongside its thumping B-side original of "The Bump," the Bill Martin/Phil Coulter number that would, in Kenny's hands, ignite a whole new dance craze later in the year. A couple of other B-sides round out these extras, alongside another memorabilia-packed booklet, all adding up to another reminder that, in the history of purebred teeny bop bands, the Bay City Rollers were worth far more than their reputation insists.


Formed: 1967 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish pop/rock band of the '70s with a strong following among teenage girls. The origins of the group go back to the formation of the duo the Longmuir Brothers in the late '60s, consisting of drummer Derek Longmuir (b. March 19, 1952, Edinburgh, Scotland) and his bass-playing brother Alan (b. June 20, 1953, Edinburgh). They eventually changed their name to the Saxons, adding singer Nobby Clarke and John Devine. Then they changed their name again by pointing at random...
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