Thomas Dougal Paton, known as Tam, (born in Prestonpans, Scotland, August 1937), is the former manager and primary spokesman of the 1970s Scottish boy band, the Bay City Rollers. 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 alcoholic beverages, in order to cultivate this clean, innocent image.

In 1979, Paton was fired as manager, and went on to develop a multi-million pound real estate business based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 1982, Paton, who is a homosexual,[1] was convicted of gross indecency with teenage boys, serving one year of a three year prison sentence.[2]

In recent years, he has suffered poor health, including two heart attacks, and a stroke. He was arrested on child sex charges in January 2003, but was later cleared of all allegations.[3] In April 2004, Paton was convicted of supplying cannabis and fined £200,000.[4]


  1. MacGregor, Fiona (7 November 2004), “Former Bay City Rollers manager suffers stroke”, The Scotsman, <>. Retrieved on 2007-11-27 
  2. Dick, Sandra (26 January 2007), “Welcome to Tam Paton's weird world”, The Scotsman, <>. Retrieved on 2007-11-27 
  3. Rollers boss sex inquiry dropped”, BBC, 10 March, 2003, <>. Retrieved on 2007-11-27 
  4. Ex-Rollers boss fined £200,000”, BBC, 30 April, 2004, <>. Retrieved on 2007-11-27 
  • Stambler, Irwin. Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Soul. 1974. St. Martin's Press, Inc. New York, N.Y. ISBN:312-25025-8.

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