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PAY CITY ROLLERS; Band sue for 25 years of royalties.

Byline: RYAN PARRY in NEW YORK

SEVENTIES chart-toppers the Bay City Rollers are suing a US record company claiming they are owed millions of pounds in royalties.

The Scottish pop group accuses Arista Records of failing to pay up a fortune in the 25 years since they split in 1981.

A lawsuit filed in New York says they do not know how much is owed due to incomplete statements.

But lawyer Joshua Krumholz said: "We know it's in millions."

The tartan-costumed band, who inspired worldwide Rollermania in the 70s with hits such as Bye Bye Baby, claim they sold 70million albums.

But their only payment since the split was pounds 129,940 in September 1997.

Lawyers said: "Arista's claim over the last 25 years that it does not know who to pay is intended to deprive the Rollers of royalties."

All five members from its tartan heyday are listed, including bassist Alan Longmuir and brother Derek who started the group in 1967. A sixth member, Duncan Faure, who replaced singer Les McKeown in 1978 after their fortunes faded, is also named.

The band's fame never translated into financial success due to low royalty rates and songwriting credits.

Les now tours with the Legendary Bay City Rollers. Derek is a nurse and another Roller became a plumber.

ryan.parry@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2007
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