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Musicians
    (1973- )
    Formed in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Originated by Paton and Lyall after quitting the Bay City Rollers
    Line-up:
    David Paton - bass, rhythm guitar, vocals
    Billy Lyall - synthesizers, flute, vocals
    Stuart Tosh - drums, vocals
    Ian Bairnson - guitar, saxophone
    Recorded 'Magic' and 'January'
    Lyall died of AIDS in December 1989 at age 36
    They are a two hit wonder.
    Their name is a combo of the first letter of the last names of Paton, Lyall and Tosh (PiLoT).
    Barinson was a session guitarist and wasn't sure he'd join, so he wasn't an 'official' member until after the name was taken.
    Lyall released a solo album in 1976, yet it had all three other band members included on tracks as 'special guests.'
    They split after four years due to what they termed 'creative differences.'
    Someone heard an early version of 'Magic' and offered to buy it from the band for £200. They declined.
    In 1974 'Magic' reached #11 on Billboard's U.K. Singles chart and in 1975 hit #5 in the U.S.
    'January' made it to #1 in January 1975 on the British pop singles chart.
    Paton, Tosh and Barinson all went on to record with the Alan Parsons Project.
    Tosh also worked with 10cc, while Barinson worked with Wings, Kate Bush and Tom Jones.

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