Bay City Rollers musician Ian Mitchell dies aged 62

Former Bay City Rollers star Ian Mitchell has died at the age of 62, the band has said.

The musician joined the Scottish pop band in 1976 when he was 17, to replace founding member and bassist Alan Longmuir.

Mitchell, who was from Northern Ireland, was the first band member born outside of Edinburgh, but left after seven months.

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Portrait of Irish-born musician Ian Mitchell of the Scottish pop group the Bay City Rollers, London, England, 1976. (Photo by George Wilkes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Irish-born musician Ian Mitchell of the Scottish pop group the Bay City Rollers, London, England, 1976. (Photo by George Wilkes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY: Ian Mitchell of pop group the Bay City Rollers poses during an interview in May 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 01: Photo of BAY CITY ROLLERS and Stuart WOOD and Ian MITCHELL; Stuart Wood and Ian Mitchell (R) performing on stage (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
LONDON, UK - 01 JAN 1976:Rosetta Stone was a Northern Irish pop rock band from Downpatrick Northern Ireland, which included the ex-guitarist of the Bay City Rollers, Ian Mitchell. The group released two albums and one EP before dissolving in 1984. (Photo by George Wilkes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY: Pop group the Bay City Rollers, (back) Stuart Wood (Woody), Les McKeown, Derek Longmuir (front) Ian Mitchell, Eric Faulkner , pose for a group shot in May 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY: Ian Mitchell of pop group the Bay City Rollers poses signing autographs in May 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
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LONDON, UK - 01 JAN 1976:Rosetta Stone was a Northern Irish pop rock band from Downpatrick Northern Ireland, which included the ex-guitarist of the Bay City Rollers, Ian Mitchell. The group released two albums and one EP before dissolving in 1984. (Photo by George Wilkes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON, UK - 01 JAN 1976:Rosetta Stone was a Northern Irish pop rock band from Downpatrick Northern Ireland, which included the ex-guitarist of the Bay City Rollers, Ian Mitchell. The group released two albums and one EP before dissolving in 1984. (Photo by George Wilkes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 1976: Scottish rock band 'The Bay City Rollers' pose for a portrait in December 1978 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R back) Derek Longmuir, Leslie Mckeown and Ian Mitchell, (L-R front) Eric Faulkner and Stuart 'Woody' Wood. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
English model, actress, and singer Twiggy with Scottish pop rock band Bay City Rollers at a television studio, UK, 23rd July 1976; they are (L-R) Ian Mitchell, Stuart Wood, Derek Longmuir, Leslie McKeown, Eric Faulkner. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bay City Rollers return to Australia for a National Tour, pictured arriving at Sydney Airport this morning. Left to right: Ian Mitchell; Pat McGlyn; Eric Faulkner; Les McKeown - front & Stuart "Woody" Wood - front. July 16, 1985. (Photo by Trevor James Dallen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Tony Blackburn with Bay City Rollers Ian Mitchell and Leslie Mckeown (Right) at the launch of the BBC2 series, Sounds of the Seventies. 15/7/04: Les McKeown was to appear in court charged with drink-driving and other offences. The Seventies pop star, who said he regrets the situation, will appear before the bench at Thames Magistrates' Court in Bow Road, east London. (Photo by Neil Munns - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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A statement on the band's Instagram page said: "We are deeply saddened by the news of Ian Mitchell's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Wendy, their family and friends. Rest In Peace, Ian.

"If you wish to leave your condolences, please do so in the comments below."

During Mitchell's time with the band, which has had many changes to the line-up, they released the 1976 album Dedication and a cover version of the Dusty Springfield song I Only Want to Be With You.

The tartan-clad band had previously dominated the charts with songs such as Saturday Night, Bye Bye Baby, Money Honey and I Only Want To Be With You, selling almost 300 million records worldwide.

Very sad, sad news about Ian Mitchell. We'd like to send our love and condolences to Wendy and all Ian's family and...

Posted by Stuart Woody Wood on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

As the group's popularity waned, Mitchell quit the band and was replaced by guitarist Pat McGlynn.

Stuart 'Woody' Wood, who is among the founding members and still performs with the band, wrote on Facebook: "Very sad, sad news about Ian Mitchell. We'd like to send our love and condolences to Wendy and all Ian's family and friends ... you are in our hearts.

"I have many fond memories of Ian not only in the BCR days but also when we played together in the '80s with The Passengers ... great guys and great days! You will sorely be missed Ian ... "

The band's current line-up features Ian Thomson on lead vocals and guitar, Marcus Cordock on bass guitar, Jamie McGrory on drums and Wood on guitar.

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