Shang-A-Lang Classic TV Show
You are so big in the seventies that you're granted your own music show on TV. No it's not Harold Wilson presents, it's The Bay City Rollers. Tartan galore as Eric, Alan, Derek, Leslie and Woody play host to the cream of 70's music.
Shang-A-Lang Fan Tributes18 karen occardi from coylton ayrhire: the rollers were the greatst group of all time i stil am a fan and have been since 1972
17 margaret mcallister from N ireland: used to remember being glued to the tv when this came on, nobody in the house woz allowed to speak, woz a big fan of the rollers then and i still am, les mckeowns voice hasnt changed, still fantastic
16 Gill Hilton from manchester uk: oooomg i used to leg it home from school to watch this ......bloody loved it ....Alan Longmuir was sooooo fit xx
15 Anonymouse from UK: I was a Roller fan in the 70s. I absolutely loved them! I thought they were just gorgeous! And like other fans at the time I too used to tear home from school to watch Shang-a-lang. I'd get home, change out of my school uniform into my Roller gear and wait for my 2 friends (who also changed into their Roller gear) to come round and all 3 of us would sit on the floor and watch it. Our noses were practically touching the television! I remember I used to kiss my favourite on the TV screen. Oh I just thought he was absolutely gorgeous! My bedroom walls were covered with their pictures and I remember just sitting on my bed listening to 'Rollin' or 'Once upon a star' with tears falling down my cheeks. I also remember a bouncer at one of their concerts in 1975 holding onto my wrist very tightly as I tried to get to the stage. I was so livid! I ended up being carried away from near the stage by 4 big, burly bouncers (they had no mercy) and being put on the floor and lying there sobbing my heart out. Being a Roller fan in the 70s was so much fun, but it was also very painful (emotionally) at times, just like it was for young girls who fell in love with other pop groups/singers. But even so, the 'Shang-a-lang' years was a great time. I'm so glad the Rollers came along in the 70s, they came along just at the right time. Not everyone was into The Osmonds or David Cassidy and it was a big relief when the Rollers came along and we had some real talent to fall in love with and drool over!
Talent = 70's speak in our school for boys who were sexayyyy!!!!!!
14 from: Hi Guys,
I am interviewing Les this Thursday (20th January 2011) at 3.15 pm (GMT) for an internet station called 6 Towns Radio (based in Stoke), you will be able to listen to this online at www.6towns.co.uk
If you have any questions for Les, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to 01782 454180 - please put Les McKeown in the subject box - I will try to read out the best ones, so be quick! :)
13 steve bunyan from england: just wanted to let you know about the Rollermania box set due for release on October 4th on Salvo / Union Square Music. 81 tracks and a 36 page booklet - hope you enjoy it.
12 Donna from Montreal, Canada: We didn't get Shang-A-Lang in Montreal, no satelite dishes back then but I have seen clips on YouTube. Love it! I still love the group and their music and wish they would release the Shang-a-Lang series on DVD, I'd buy it right away.
11 Moira Shearer from Grampian Region: The Shang a Lang days of the Bay City Rollers were crazy days. A nation of teenagers clad in tartan like their idols, no band will stir up that kind of mania from their fans in a million years, ever again. Actually scrambling over others at the concerts, thru ure legs and everything to get to the stage, to be seen to be believed. Hundreds doing this, not just a few girls. Dundee Caird Hall, Sept 75. was a prime example. gd
10 linda2001 from Dundee: I loved watching the show and was 17 years old at the time. I was working in a care home and used to sneak into the tv room and watch the show wish they would release them on DVD.
9 David from birmingham, uk: I went to an all boys school and we all hated [or proffessed to] The Bay City Rollers! The truth of the matter was we all used to dash off home to watch Shang-a-lang every week-even own a record or two.. And Eric Faulkner deffinately had the BEST haircut of the 70s!
8 valerie from redondo beach CA: Now, even at the age of 47, I still get lost in Leslie's dreamy voice and Eric's awesome blue eyes sparkling as he played guitar...I am a Bay City Roller fan for life!
7 Carol from united kingdom: the show where the flour fell on them and they were throwing the flour at each other
6 Edda Meinikat from Germany: Life seems to have calmed most of us, lol; whereas we may, to put it modestly, have considered other females as competition some 30 years ago, it seems to do us good reading that a good deal of us share the same sweet memories.
A few young lads, in our opinions the most handome guys of all, made us dream, sing, feel the first romances of our lives and contributed to those small escapes when reality was too bad and we had the chance to rather recall those happy times.
It is for sure not too bad to be our YESTERDAYS HEROES, after all, to many of us, the BCRs are still and will always be remembered as the first sweet innocent loves of our lives, so what. Fate may be worse than being part of a woman's dream.
Reading that my very favourite one of the Rollers, Woody, has been happily married for years now makes me happy for him, and in my mind, I give him a big hug, wishing him all the best.
5 Sheila Wilson from Edinburgh Scotland: I was 15 years old when this programme was on and loved every minute of it. I used to dash home from school to watch it and heaven help my poor parents if they dared to speak while it was on! Les McKeown was my idol and 28 years later I was lucky enough to finally meet and have my photo taken with him!
4 Cathy from Manchester: I absolutely adored the Bay City Rollers when I was a young girl. I lived and breathed them for 3 or 4 years - dressed in the gear -wore the 'pumps' and my walls were covered with posters - not a scrap of wallpaper to be seen. My absolute favourite was Leslie McKeown - never missed an episode of Shang-A-Lang - those Scots accent - were just to die for. Was even late to my grandparents' Golden Wedding celebration because I insisted on staying at home to watch a T.V. programme about the Rollers - ended up catching the bus from Blackley to Denton - 2 buses in fact - rather than travelling in the family car - that was how much I adored them.
3 nicky from liverpool: i'm not old enough to remember shang a lang as i'm only 17. but i have been a bay city since i was 13. i've seen snippets of the show and it was fab! i'd like them to bring it back on to the terestrial telly because the bay city rollers have fans that are not old enough to remember the series the first time around.
2 JANICE C from ABERDEEN: Used to watch Shang-a-Lang in my teens and fancied Les McKeown like mad. Summerlove Sensation was my favourite song!
1 jacqui c-w from bournemouth: Rollers rule! at least they did in 1975. I remember rushing home from school on a Tuesday to get in front of the t.v. for 4.20. Just about every adolesant girl in the country was doing the same. Would love to watch them again and have a trip back again to my youth
Stuart "Woody" Wood
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