Eric Faulkner

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Eric Faulkner (born 21 October 1953) is a guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known as a member of the Scottish pop band, the Bay City Rollers.

Eric Faulkner was born at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland. As a youngster he learned to play the viola and played for a time in a youth orchestra. He is also adept at playing the violin, mandolin, bass and keyboards.

Faulkner joined the Bay City Rollers in 1972 as their guitarist, after a period with the group KIP (previously known as Sugar). Faulkner was a member of the Rollers for the remainder of their existence into the 1980s. He was a co-writer of many Rollers songs, including the UK Singles Chart hits "Money Honey" and "Love Me Like I Love You".

In 1976, during the Rollers heyday, Faulkner made headlines for an alleged parasuicide attempt via sleeping pill overdose.[1] The incident was turned into a media opportunity by Bay City Rollers manager, Tam Paton who allegedly phoned the press before emergency services; Faulkner maintains the overdose was accidental and not a suicide attempt.

In the 1990s, he worked as lead singer of a reformed version of the Bay City Rollers, which for a time also featured his wife, singer Karen "Kass" Prosser. He also toured with his own band, The Eric Faulkner Co-operative that he founded with Prosser.

Faulkner performed at Guilfest 2006 with 3 Men & Black, featuring Pauline Black from The Selecter. During the set he led a tribute to the late Syd Barrett and sang "See Emily Play", as well as "Radio Heaven", a recent song he penned, and a rendition of the Bay City Rollers hit "Shang-a-Lang". Faulkner continued to perform with 3 Men & Black as a support act on their 2006 concert tour.

In 2007, Faulkner continued as a solo artist and appeared at the Glastonbury Festival as a protest singer in support of British politician Tony Benn.[1] arranged for him to end his performance by introducing Tony Benn on the Left Field stage under the banner "Another World is Possible". He also performs all the old favourite Roller tunes as Eric Faulkner's Bay City Rollers.

Faulkner and the five other former Bay City Rollers members filed a lawsuit in 2007 against Arista Records which alleged a breach of contract for unpaid royalties.[2][3]

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