Year

Song

UK[3]

AUS

US

Album

1971

"Keep on Dancing"

9

-

-

Once Upon a Star

1972

"We Can Make Music"

-

-

-

-

"Manana"

-

-

-

1974

"Remember (Sha-La-La)"

6

67

-

Rollin'

"Shang-A-Lang"

2

86

-

"Summerlove Sensation"

3

53

-

"All of Me Loves All of You"

4

-

-

-

1975

"Bye, Bye, Baby"

1

1

-

Once Upon a Star

"Give a Little Love"

1

2

-

Wouldn't You Like It?

"Don't Stop the Music"
(Released in Germany and America only)

-

-

-

"Love Me Like I Love You"

4

7

-

-

1976

"Saturday Night"

-

45

1

Rollin'

"Money Honey"

3

3

9

Dedication

"Rock n' Roll Love Letter"
(Not released as a single in the UK)

-

9

28

"I Only Want to Be with You"

4

8

12

"Yesterday's Hero"
(Released as a single in America only)

-

-

54

"Dedication"
(Released as a single in America only)

-

-

60

"Don't Worry Baby"
(Released as a single in Australia only)

 

34

 

1977

"It's a Game"

16

9

-

It's a Game

"You Made Me Believe in Magic"

34

36

10

"The Way I Feel Tonight"

-

56

24

1978

"Where Will I Be Now"

-

-

-

Strangers in the Wind

"All of the World is Falling in Love"

-

-

-

"Another Rainy Day in New York City"

-

-

-

1985

"When You Find Out"

-

-

-

-


were a Scottish pop/rock band who began to take shape when they were known as The Saxons. Wanting to change their name to something that sounded more "American", they decided to stick a pin in a map of the United States to help them choose a new handle. The first attempt landed in Arkansas, but wanting something sexier, the next nearest place that appealed to them was Bay City, Michigan. The suffix "Rollers" was added and the new name was complete.

In February 1974, a song called "Remember" was released and climbed to #6 on the U.K. charts and stayed there for a three month run. The next time out, the follow-up was the powerful "Shang-A-Lang", an early Rollers anthem, and it made it to #2 in the U.K. Striking while the iron was hot, "Summerlove Sensation" was issued and peaked at #3 in July '74. October saw the release of "All Of Me Loves All Of You", which climbed to #4 in the U.K. It was the band's 4th top ten hit in a little over 7 months.
By now the group had struck a chord with young teenagers and pre-pubescent fans in search of pin-up pop stars. Merchandise was flying off of the shelves, and their faces were featured on teenaged magazine covers and TV shows. "Rollin’" was released, which included the first 3 hits of '74 along with some other Martin/Coulter songs. Though rushed and not entirely to the satisfaction of the band, Rollin’ went to #1 and stayed on the album chart over a year.
By Spring of 1975, the Rollers were the hottest act in Britain, and announced their next single, a cover of the Four Season’s "Bye Bye Baby". The single climbed to #1 in March '75 and stayed an incredible six weeks at the top, selling an astonishing one million copies. Amid frenzied scenes, sell-out tours, and fan mania not seen since the Beatles heyday, the press dubbed it "Rollermania". England was awash with tartan, and the press couldn’t get enough of them. Sadly, the downside of all this fervor caused mayhem and a trail of destruction. Concerts were often stopped or cancelled altogether because of fan hysteria.


The follow-up single, "Give A Little Love" in July '75 reached #1 for three weeks, as did the second album "Once Upon A Star". It seemed like the band couldn’t do any wrong as they brought Britain to a standstill. But by this time, the Rollers were trying to grow up, personally, spiritually and artistically. They ended 1975 with the much harder "Money Honey" and saw it climb to #3 in November. Their next objective was to have a hit record in The United States.

In 1975, Arista president Clive Davis used his intuition and selected an album cut he thought would sell in America. The Rollers and Arista were aided with top-notch promotion. The quintet appeared live on the premier of ABC- TV's "Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell." Davis' intuition was correct. The album cut "Saturday Night," was their first U.S. chart topper. The tune climbed the U.S. chart in late '75 and hit the #1 spot in January '76.

Rollers were on top of the world. The scenes previously witnessed by UK fans were now repeated in the States and Canada, thanks to an even more exhausting schedule of promotions, recording, TV, and magazines. They repeated their success in Australia, as they continued their quest for world domination.


April saw the single "Love Me Like I Love You" reach #4 as did their cover of Dusty Springfield's "I Only Wanna Be With You" in October '76. The albums "Wouldn’t You Like It?" and "Dedication" also made the Top Ten.  After that “You Made Me Beleive in Magic” also hit the charts. Meanwhile, the rest of the world was just discovering The Bay City Rollers. Scenes witnessed in Japan were more hysterical than both the UK and USA put together.