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Flashback: The Bay City Rollers in Spalding 45 years ago

Reader Mark Willerton shares his memories of Bay City Rollers and Suzi Quatro performing in Spalding in the 70s...

Whilst the teenagers of the 1960s had enjoyed the likes of Jimmy Hendrix appearing in Spalding, the teens of the 70s (particularly the girls) were excited to hear that the current pop sensation, the Scottish group The Bay City Rollers, were coming to town.

In 1973, Suzi Quatro, at the top of the charts with her first smash hit 'Can the Can', had appeared at Springfields. After the show, my mate and I went searching for Suzi, hoping to get an autograph - and were promptly chased away and kicked up the backside, by two members of her band, who were also acting as her bouncers. Suzi gave a damning description of Spalding when interviewed for 'New Musical Express' the following week - she clearly thought the gig was beneath her.

The advert in the Free Press advertising the concert (7640295)
The advert in the Free Press advertising the concert (7640295)

The following year, on March 16, 1974, Springfields was to play host again to this country's top home-grown boy band of the time.

Arranged and promoted by Richard James, it was quite a coup for Spalding, as the Bay City Rollers were currently in the Top Ten with 'Remember (sha-la-la-la)'. The group went on to have further hits including 'Summerlove Sensation', 'Bye, Bye, Baby', 'Give a Little Love' and 'Shang-a-Lang' - also the title of their TV series.

Dressed in their trademark tartan - and platform-soled boots - the Rollers sang to a packed hall of screaming fans and one of the girls in our party even fainted as she was so overwhelmed at seeing her favourite group onstage!

I was 13-years-old at the time and cut out the advert from the Lincolnshire Free Press and taped it in my diary - funny the things we save...

The Bay City Rollers (7640293)
The Bay City Rollers (7640293)
  • Were you at either of these gigs? If so we'd love to hear your memories and see your pictures. Email jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk


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