Bilbo Baggins Home Page
This website is a tribute to Bilbo Baggins, latterly known just as Bilbo, a Scottish pop band with a loyal fan base. Formed in Edinburgh in 1972 and comprising of band members Dev, Colin, Brian, Fid and Tosh they played 100s of gigs throughout the UK during the seventies. Known by many through their connection to the Bay City Rollers (Tam Paton was manager for both bands) but actually being a completely different style of band. Their pop music leant a lot more towards rock with a more funky and fuller sound.
Bilbo's great strength was their live performance. They would always deliver a solid set and their great sense of humour would often shine through as they joked with the audience. Colin's unique vocal style was also key to their sound - his amazing vocal range could send shivers down your spine and vibrations through your feet. One of their greatest challenges must have been as support band on the Roller's tour in 1976 but even this very biased audience warmed to them.
Bilbo were a dedicated, determined and hard-working band and they must also rate as one of the most unlucky. The Roller connection did initially give them some good openings but it really was a double-edged sword. The serious music press did not warm to them and they were often not included on radio playlists, although local radio stations and Radio Luxembourg were a lot more supportive. Their first few singles stayed frustratingly outside of the Top 50 (probably due to lack of national radio play) which meant they did not get to appear on Top of the Pops and gain the exposure of the then most important music TV show. After their final split from Tam Paton management they were left with contractual disputes and 1977 became a very difficult year for them as they tried to get back on track. By 1978 when they were signed to Lightning records the tide of musical taste had turned away from pop and was embracing punk and New Wave. Despite a change of image (some rather dodgy perms and Lycra), it was now too late for the band to achieve the commercial success they really deserved.
On this site we hope to tell the story of the band and give some insight into the band members and what they have gone on to do after the band finally split up in 1979.
By the very nature of Bilbo's current status updates will be irregular. If there is important news we will send out a newsletter, so be sure to subscribe to the mailing list (see the navigation bar to the left).
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Page Last Updated: 4 September, 2010
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