Bye Bye Baby Bay City Rollers
Song Title: Bye Bye Baby
Artist: Bay City Rollers
Date of release: 1975
Description: ” Bye Bye Baby” is by the Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop band formed in the late 1960s. The band’s original line-up consisted of Eric Faulkner, Stuart John Wood, Les McKeown and brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir.
The name for Bay City Rollers came about after they stuck a pin in a map of America, their first attempt came up with Arkansas, another attempt gave them Bay City in the state of Michigan. The five lads from Scotland had massive success in the 70s. A new term of Rollermania was coined by the press for the mass hysteria gripping the United Kingdon and the World at the time. Many in the media described the band to be the biggest group since The Beatles.
In the latter part of 1975, they scored their only Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One with ” Saturday Night “, which spent one week at the top. The Rollers, as they were also known, had seven singles reach the top ten in the United Kingdom, two of which topped the chart.
In total, the band released 31 Singles, 13 Studio Albums, 2 live Albums and 8 Compilation Albums. According to research by the BBC, the Bay City Rollers sold somewhere in the region of 120 Million records.
” Bye Bye Baby” was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. Bob was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and manager. Born in 1939 in Newark in the U.S. state of New Jersey, he demonstrated a gift for art and music at an early age. He co-wrote and produced many hit singles for artists such as The Diamonds, The Four Seasons, The Toys, The Walker Bros, The Osmonds and Frankie Valli.
Bob Gaudio is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. Born in the Bronx, New York, he studied piano with Sal Mosca, the American jazz pianist. In 1956 Bob joined with Frankie Valli to form The Four Lovers, which in 1960 became The Four Seasons. Bob wrote the Seasons first hit single, ” Sherry “, which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1962 and is still one of their most popular songs. In addition to writing hit songs for The Four Seasons, Bob’s songs have been recorded by the Tremeloes, The Osmonds and the Walker Brothers.
The song was produced for the Bay City Rollers by Phil Wainman, the English record producer and songwriter. Mostly active during the 70s, Phil with many of the 1970s most popular and successful acts, including the Sweet, XTC, Dollar and Mud. As a producer his most significant success was producing ” I Don’t Like Mondays “, The Boomtown Rats Number One UK single. The song, written by Bob Geldof, spent four weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1979.
” Bye Bye Baby” was released in 1975 by record label Arista ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken from the band’s second studio Album, Once Upon a Star.
The Album, released in May 1975, was notable for being the first time the Bay City Rollers performed their music, before this Album they relied on session musicians. The Album reached Number One on the UK Albums Chart.
The song was a commercial success for the band. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 8th of March 1975 and reached Number One, a position it held for six weeks. The song spent ten weeks in the top ten and a total of sixteen weeks on the UK chart. In the United Kingdom, ” Bye Bye Baby” reached sales of one million copies.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy 3, Norway 7, Germany 10, Netherlands 11, Austria 13, Belgium 15, New Zealand 32
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