Stardust 1942 – 2014

Alvin Stardust

Published: Thursday 23rd October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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My Coo Cha Choo was one of those songs, sending Stardust across the UK. Social media websites have been thronged today with fans describing it as a soundtrack to their childhood. For these folks, the passing of Alvin Stardust marks a sad day in British pop history.

Born Bernard William Jewry, Alvin Stardust entertained us for over 50 years. His greatest fame came in the 1970’s and 80’s as he built a surprisingly recognisable list of hits. Although they hadn’t had to rush out to the record shops since 1984, Alvin had been planning to delight fans around the world with a new album.

It’s not clear how much material has already been committed to tape, but fans will be anxious to discover the latest, and now sadly the last Stardust recording. Snippets from the track are available on iTunes.

Alvin Stardust was born in London in 1942 and after an early move to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire attended Southwell Grammar School.

Starting out in pantomime appearances aged 4, at 20 he was discovered by the BBC along with fellow band-mates from ‘Shane Fenton and the Fentones’. The band had a string of UK chart hits with ‘Walk Away’, ‘It’s all over now’ and ‘Cindy’s Birthday’

He has since enjoyed global fame and recognition and a loyal fan base. Alvin would become known around the World simply by his first name. But after his success with The Fentones he would spend a decade out of the limelight before emerging onto the Glam Rock scene as Alvin Stardust in 1971.

The 80’s too were good to him; building up a string of hits with tracks like ‘Pretend’, ‘I feel like Buddy Holly’ and ‘I won’t run away’. In 1985 Alvin appeared on A Song for Europe and the following year sang a duet with Shelia Walsh on her hit album Shadowlands.

It was the 1980’s that also saw Alvin build on his acting career, making numerous TV appearances and staring in the UK tour of Godspell.

Up until this year Alvin had not released an album for 3 decades, but acting stayed with him. In 2005 he appeared at the London Palladium as the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Alvin’s death was announced today by his Manager after a short illness. He leaves behind a wife Julie Paton and 4 children. He will be sadly missed by millions.

Alvin Stardust comes to Hull

As a personal aside, KC’s very own Steve Allbones has fond memories of Alvin coming to Boothferry Park. And as if by magic we have managed to dig out a picture from the KC archives.

Left is Alvin, with Steve in the middle. Comment below if you can name the others. If you can tell us the year then even better – even Steve doesn’t know.

It's Alvin on the left and Steve holding the frame, can anyone help us an name the others and the year?

It’s Alvin on the left and Steve holding the frame, can anyone help us an name the others and the year?

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Published: Thursday 23rd October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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