Saturday Night Bay City Rollers
Song Title: Saturday Night
Artist: Bay City Rollers
Date of release: 29th of September 1975
Description: ” Saturday Night ” is by the Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop band, made up of Eric Faulkner, Stuart John Wood, Les McKeown and brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir.
They enjoyed huge success in the 1970s, especially in the United Kingdom when “Rollermania” took over.
The song was written and produced by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. Bill Martin ( William Wylie MacPherson ) is a Scottish three times Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter, music publisher and impresario from Glasgow, Scotland.
He co-wrote ” Puppet on a String ” which British singer Sandie Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest with in 1967 and another UK entry ” Congratulations “, a song by Cliff Richard which came second to Spain’s entry ” La, la, la ” in the 1968 contest and went on to be a UK Number One.
Phil Coulter is an Irish musician, songwriter and record producer. The Grammy Nominated, five times Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter formed a writing team with Bill Martin, between them they penned four UK Number One’s between 1967 and 1976, along with many UK top ten chart hits. In 1975 Phil Coulter and Bill Martin jointly received an Songwriter of the Year Ivor Novello Award.
” Saturday Night ” was released on the 29th of September 1975 by record label Arista ( owned by Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken from their Album ” Rollin’ “, which wasn’t released in America.
The Bay City Rollers had now a foothold in the American market and gained devotees, just like they had back in the United Kingdom. They appeared live via satellite on the premier segment of ” Saturday Night Live ” on the ABC Network, hosted by Howard Cosell and made many more tv appearances in the US including ” American Bandstand ” and ” The Midnight Special “.
” Saturday Night ” was a commercial success for the Bay City Rollers. In the United States the song debuted at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, 12 weeks later the song had reached Number One where it spent 1 week at the top and a total of 17 weeks on the chart there. The song was the first Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One of the US Bicentennial year.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 45, Canadian RPM Top Singles 1, Belgium 5, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 10, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 7
Official Website: Lesmckeown.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/LesMcKeownUK
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/BayCityRollers