Thomas Dougal "Tam" Paton
(10 August 1938 – 8 April 2009), was the manager and primary spokesman during the 1970s of the Scottish
band, the Bay City Rollers
Born in Prestonpans
, he was the son of a potato merchant. Paton drove a truck to initially aid the group financially. He went on to guide the band through their peak during the 1970s, nurturing the band's image to be that of the "boys next door". He was responsible for starting a myth that the band members preferred drinking milk to alcohol, in order to cultivate this clean, innocent image.
, Paton was fired as manager, and went on to develop a multi-million pound real estate
business based in Edinburgh
Paton was openly gay
In 1982, Paton was convicted of gross indecency
with teenage boys, serving one year of a three year prison sentence.
In later years he suffered poor health including two heart attacks
and a stroke
. He was arrested on child sexual abuse
charges in January 2003, but was later cleared of all allegations. In April 2004, Paton was convicted of supplying cannabis
and fined £200,000.In 2007, he was accused but cleared of raping
the band's guitarist, Pat McGlynn
, in a hotel room in 1977.
Paton died of a suspected heart attack aged 70 at his Edinburgh
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