Band claims company owes royalty money

The Bay City Rollers, a popular Scottish pop group that topped music charts in the 1970s, accused Arista Re­cords in a lawsuit Tuesday of failing to pass along millions of dollars in royalties over the last 25 years.


The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on behalf of six band members, including bassist Alan Longmuir and drummer Derek Longmuir, the brothers who started the group in Edinburgh in 1967.


The band says in the lawsuit Arista owes it royalties on millions of dollars. That was money generated by selling albums, compact discs, multimedia licences and merchandise, along with rights to commercials, movies and even telephone ring tones. The band says in the lawsuit Arista has taken the position it has held royalties from the band members until it receives clear instructions from them as to how the money should be distributed. A telephone message left with a lawyer for Arista was not immediately returned.




  • The lawsuit says a payment of $254,392 US in September 1997 was the only one made to the band, well short of the millions of dollars the band believes it is owed.