Happy Birthday to Alan Longmuir, born June 20, 1948 to July 2nd, 2018 | Alan Longmuir

Alan Longmuir (born in Edinburgh, Scotland) was the Scottish bass guitarist for the 1970s pop group, the Bay City Rollers. His younger brother Derek Longmuir was a founding member and drummer for the group.


Longmuir was born at Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion Hospital, Edinburgh.

The Bay City Rollers were one of the first boy-bands, a classic of the genre whose appeal and success – including two No 1 hits in America – was immense. The Rollers sold 100 million records in a few short years in the early Seventies, when they became the most screamed at teeny bopper band around. A bunch of bantam-weight, working-class kids from Edinburgh, they burst on to the scene with their blow-dried hairstyles, half-mast trousers and stripey socks. They were almost entirely manufactured by their manager Tam Paton, who died in 2009. Their catchy hits were written by professional songwriters – usually Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, who also wrote Congratulations for Cliff Richard.

In 1976, at the height of the band’s popularity, Alan Longmuir was replaced by rhythm guitarist Ian Mitchell, who would in turn make way for Pat McGlynn. The rumours at the time was that Tam Paton, then the group’s manager, alleged that Longmuir had tried to commit suicide.

Longmuir returned to the group in 1978 following McGlynn’s departure, and thereafter switched between bass guitar, rhythm guitar and keyboards. He also plays piano accordion.

Longmuir was married twice, first to Jan Longmuir, from 1985 until their divorce in 1990; they had one son, Jordan. His second marriage was to Eileen Rankin, and lasted from 1998 until his death; Eileen had two sons of her own. In 2016, it was claimed that Eileen had fought backstage with the wife of another band member, after the latter criticized Alan Longmuir’s playing at a reunion concert.


In latter years, Longmuir’s health gave cause for concern. While owner of the Castle Campbell Hotel in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, he suffered two heart attacks and a stroke, and in 2000 he decided to retrain as a building inspector.

Longmuir died on 2 July 2018 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, after contracting an illness while on holiday in Mexico, where he had been a patient at the Galenia Hospital in Cancun but had been cleared to return home. He was 70.

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