After reading Hugh’s 51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 10: Whigfield – Saturday Night, this song immediately came to mind.
The Bay City Rollers are a Scottish pop group. Their popularity peaked during the mid-70’s. This group was formed in 1966 and originally went by The Saxons. They changed their name to the Bay City Rollers after throwing a dart at a US map, with the dart landing near Bay City, Michigan.
Saturday Night was originally released in 1973, not making the UK charts. With a different lead singer, it was released in the US in 1975, topping the charts at #1 in January 1976. The song also reached the number one spot on Canadian charts.
This song would be the group’s only #1 song in the US, which would explain why it is the only song I recognize.
Being 11 when the song was released, I was still a little young for boy band crushes and didn’t really have a favorite Roller. I remember reading about the Bay City Rollers in Tiger Beat magazine- my all time favorite magazine for many years but something tells me that I probably thumbed past those pages in search of anything about Leif Garrett, John Travolta, Shaun Cassidy or Scott Baio.