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Remembering Alvin Stardust: A Tribute

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Alvin Stardust

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Alvin Stardust AKA Shane Fenton

Alvin Stardust was a product of the British glam rock music era, scoring several big hit records during the 1970s.

But Alvin Stardust was not always Alvin Stardust. He was born plain Bernard Jewry, but as a 19-year-old in the early 1960s he became Shane Fenton, lead singer with the band The Fentones. The group had a few moderately successful singles, the biggest being Cindy's Birthday in 1962. However, The Fentones did not last too long and Shane Fenton disappeared into obscurity.

By 1973, glam rock was in full swing in the UK and Shane Fenton had now become Alvin Stardust. Dressed in black leather cat suits, matching leather gloves adorned with a huge ring or two, and sporting a brooding look, he arrived with the first of his big hits My Coo-Ca-Choo.

He enjoyed the limelight during most of the early to mid-1970s, dropping out of view for a while, and then returned to the British music charts in the 1980s.

He continued to perform until his death, mainly in musical theatre and on the oldies circuit, but here we take a look back to his most successful period, when glam rock ruled the music world during the Seventies.

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1973: My Coo-Ca-Choo

Alvin Stardust's first big hit of the 1970s was My Coo-Ca-Choo which made the UK Top 5 in December, 1973.

It was even more successful in Australia where it became one of the biggest songs of 1974.

It's one I have in my record collection, too!

1974: Jealous Mind

Jealous Mind was Alvin Stardust's only Number One song in the UK, reaching the top of the charts in the Spring of 1974.

The song also afforded him another unrestrained performance!

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1974: Red Dress & You,You,You

Another two UK Top 10 hits from 1974 were these glam rock favourites Red Dress, which peaked at Number 7 and You, You, You which managed to reach Number 6.

Alvin Stardust in His Glam Rock Gear

Alvin Stardust

Alvin Stardust

Jigsaw Puzzle of Alvin Stardust from Mirror Photos

Tell Me Why (1974) : Good Love Can Never Die (1975)

The last two UK Top Twenty singles for Alvin Stardust in the 1970s were these retro 1960s sounding tracks:

  • Tell Me Why from 1974
  • Good Love Can Never Die from 1975.

1975: Sweet Cheatin' Rita

The last Top Forty hit for Alvin Stardust in the 1970s was Sweet Cheatin' Rita, a track which has more than a resemblance to the kind of rock'n'roll produced in the early 1960s.

Alvin Stardust on Video

Alvin Stardust returned to the UK music charts in 1981. The video selections here include all of his 1980s hits,.

In the mid-1970s, Stardust contributed to the Green Cross Code road safety campaign. You might remember his catchphrase You must be out of your tiny minds as he helped children learn safety as pedestrians.

The Major 1980s Hits

Pretend 1981

A Wonderful Time Up There 1981

I Feel Like Buddy Holly 1984

I Won't Run Away 1984



Pretend

A Wonderful Time Up There

I Feel Like Buddy Holly

I Won't Run Away

1985: The Clock on the Wall : A Song For Europe

The Clock on the Wall, sung by Alvin Stardust, was a contender for the UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1985.

It finished third, losing out to Vikki's Love Is as the UK representative that year.

Can't Get Enough Alvin Stardust? - Web Sites of Note

  • ALVIN STARDUST.CO.UK | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE GODFATHER OF BRITISH ROCK & ROLL....
    All the latest news,live dates,biography, discography etc of the legend that is Alvin Stardust. This site is fully contributed to by Alvin and his management.
  • Alvin Stardust - Wikipedia
    Alvin Stardust Birth name: Bernard William Jewry Born: 27 September 1942 (1942-09-27) Origin: Muswell Hill, North London, England Genres: Pop, Musical Theatre Instruments: Vocal, Guitar
  • Alvin Stardust
    Alvin Stardust's performances as the 'man in black who never smiles' during the mid-1970s earned him reviews such as, "He comes on lean and glistening, wrapped in a tight skin of reptilian black leather.

About This Alvin Stardust Fan

With each article, Richard invites you to step into his world of music, television and entertainment. He will introduce you to British Glam Rock, share The 20 Scariest Film Scores Ever? and even give you an up close look at some classic actors such as Christopher Lee as Dracula.

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© 2010 Richard

What Are Your Memories of Alvin Stardust?

anonymous on August 30, 2012:

I remember him well and I share the same birthday exactlyv

anonymous on May 10, 2011:

Come along to Destiny Church, Sat 14th May for Alvin Stardust in concert. Doors open 6.30pm. Destiny Church 1120 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G41 3QP. Charity Fundraiser for Indian Orphanage.

Lisa from Rhode Island on March 28, 2011:

Never heard of him but Like I love all styles of music this was one of my favs

kimmanleyort on January 21, 2011:

I've never heard of Alvin Stardust. Seems like he's still going strong, though.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on January 18, 2011:

Not only do I remember Alvin Stardust, I even remember when he was Shane Fenton - but only just!

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