Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s– the year is 1975 and they were billed as ‘ the biggest group since The Beatles.” The Bay City Rollers were making their Scottish Invasion of the United States and the hype machine was going full blast.
I was surprised in doing my research at how huge The Bay City Rollers were in the United Kingdom. From 1971- to 1976 they had 10 Top 10 songs in the UK- with 8 of those 10 being within the top 4 and 2 going to #1. Luckily for me in looking at the titles I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of those ten songs. Oddly enough the single they are most remembered for in the United States- Saturday Night-didn’t even make the charts in the UK but it went to #1 in the United States becoming the first #1 song of 1976- America’s Bicentennial year. The song is very upbeat and memorable- it does stick in your head when you hear it and I found it as annoying as hell- especially the spelling out of S-A-T-U-R D-A-Y . As it turned out the Bay City Rollers weren’t the biggest group since The Beatles. I remember seeing their American debut on the short lived Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell show [an attempt to make Cosell the next Ed Sullivan} Cosell gave them a big build up. The Bay City Rollers to me were always big build up- an attempt to sell an inferior product to the public. Teenybopper music. The Bay City Rollers had six Top 40 hits in the US- nothing came close to being as big as Saturday Night and by 1977 they were gone. They still were around but their popularity was gone and they were off the airwaves. They had been replaced in Teenybopper hearts by the likes of Leif Garrett and Shawn Cassidy.