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Alvin Stardust


The name, the sound, as well as the image were completely new, however when Alvin Stardust first appeared for the Uk scene in November, 1973, glowering in a good natural leather cat suit and professing his love for his small coo-ca-choo, several observer took one take a look at him and said, “I understand that face.” Plus they did. Greater than a 10 years prior, during 1961-1962, this same amount was going beneath the name of Shane Fenton and credit scoring with two of the very most memorable hits from the pre-Beatles ’60s: “I’m a Moody Man” and “Cindy’s Birthday.” After that, he previously sunk into obscurity, haunting the nightclub circuit with an extremely tired oldies established, until a gathering with songwriter/manufacturer Pete Shelley instantly brought him back again current. Although neither Fenton nor Shelley would ever duplicate the sheer hypnotic magnificence of “My Coo Ca Choo,” the record which brought the Alvin Stardust persona in to the open public eyes, they still became perhaps one of the most dependable and constantly exciting hitmaking teams from the middle-’70s, while Stardust’s refusal to retreat back to the shadows noticed him create himself among Britain’s most enjoyed entertainers. Shelley composed “My Coo Ca Choo” a long time before he chose who perform it; all he understood was he wished somebody “who could sing rock and roll & move, but who appeared pretty indicate.” At that time, after all, the complete country appeared to be consumed by glam rock and roll, with all the current recognized superficiality which that portended. Shelley wished someone who will be seen as the entire opposite of most that. He discovered it in Shane Fenton. Redolent since it was of the much earlier period, Fenton’s personal name, needless to say, could not become revived. Alvin Stardust, nevertheless, sounded absolutely up-to-date and, although there have been certainly some teething complications within the weeks before “My Coo-Ca-Choo” premiered (especially your choice to gown the singer inside a red jumpsuit for his 1st Television appearance), by enough time the record started threatening the very best 40, the Alvin Stardust picture was firmly set up. By enough time the press at large noticed who he actually was, an entire era of pop enthusiasts were therefore entranced that it certainly didn’t matter. Having a ’50s-design haircut, tight dark leather, along with a long term scowl, crouched inside a position midway between a fighting match boxer as well as the ghost of Gene Vincent, Stardust was probably the most threatening-looking pop celebrity of this. Even prior to the Magnet Information publicity department started to move, the press had been showering him with epithets: “THE PERSON in Dark,” “The Untouchable,” “The Celebrity WHO’S Forbidden to Smile,” “The Boy of Gary Glitter.” Children’s tv seriously regarded as banning him from showing up in the event he frightened the youthful viewers, but nothing at all could halt “My Coo Ca Choo.” The solitary rose to number 2 before finally becoming held off the very best place by fellow veteran Gary Glitter. “Jealous Mind,” which do go completely to number 1, more than paid out for your disappointment and on the following year, in to the summer season of 1975, Shelley and Stardust created another five, nearly equally memorable, strike singles: “Crimson Gown,” “You You You,” “Inform Me Why,” “Great Love CAN’T EVER Die,” and “Nice Cheatin’ Rita.” The strikes stopped from then on, but Stardust experienced already made programs for future years. He had currently dropped the natural leather as well as the scowl, while his last two singles, specifically, had exposed a sensitive part towards the once-demonic performer. With an target audience which right now included as much parents as kids, he switched his attention towards rock and roll & move revival circuit and continued to be an effective live pull well in to the early ’80s. Stardust after that built a quite exceptional comeback, signing towards the Stiff Information label and time for the graph with “Pretend.” It reached number 4 during fall 1981 even though Stardust after that lapsed back to silence, it had been only fleeting. IN-MAY 1984, “PERSONALLY I THINK Like Pal Holly” came back him towards the U.K. TOP, to be accompanied by “I WILL NOT TRY TO ESCAPE” as well as the festive preferred “So Close to Xmas.” He famous 25 years of graph success the next season when “Got just a little Heartache” breached the very best 60. It had been to confirm his final strike; after this time, he continued to be a fixture for the live circuit, also showing up in occasional tv and stage jobs. Alvin Stardust passed away in Oct 2014 following a short struggle with prostate malignancy, just fourteen days before the launch of Alvin, his 1st studio recording in a lot more than 25 years.

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Full Name Alvin Stardust
Died October 23, 2014, Ifold
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American, British
Spouse Julie Paton, Liza Goddard
Children Adam F, Shaun Fenton, Sophie Jewry, Millie Margaret May
Music Songs My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind, I Feel Like Buddy Holly, Good Love Can Never Die, You, You, You, I Won't Run Away, Sweet Cheatin' Rita, So Near to Christmas, Red Dress, Angel From Hamburger Heaven, Got a Little Heartache, Wonderful Time Up There, I Want You Back in My Life Again, It's Better to Be Cruel Than Be Kind, Roadie Roll On, Growin' Up, Dreambreaker, A Hobo’s Life, Be Smart Be Safe, Cindy's Birthday, A Fool's Paradise, Shake On Little Roller, Blind Fool, The Breeze And I, It's All Over Now, I'm A Moody Guy, Why Little Girl, No Parking Space, Too Young For Sad Memories, Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue, Just For Jerry, It's Gonna Take Magic
Albums The Untouchable, Rock With Alvin, I Feel Like…, Always Forever Now, Tell Me Why, Alvin Stardust, Jealous Mind - 16 Classic Tracks, The Hits Go On, Still Standing (Greatest & Latest), The Stiff Years, Jealous Mind, The Early Years 1961 -1962 - The Shane Fenton And The Fentones Collection, Greatest Hits, Shane Fenton Greatest Hits, My Coo-Ca-Choo, I'm a Moody Guy, You're All I Need, Transparent City (feat. The Fentones), The A to Z of Alvin Stardust - [The Dave Cash Collection], The Alvin Stardust Story, The Very Best Of The Fentones, Torn, Alvin, The Greatest Hits of Alvin Stardust, The Ultimate Collection, The Best of Alvin Stardust, 20 Of The Best - The Collection, The Platinum Collection

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1 He started playing guitar as a youth. He met one of his biggest influences, Buddy Holly, at a gig in Doncaster, and played backstage with the singer and his band the Crickets.
2 His trademark sideburns and black gloves came about by accident: he needed to dye his hair black for an appearance on Top of the Pops in 1973, but the dye stained his cheeks and hands black so he hastily donned stick-on sideburns and black gloves to disguise this.
3 Playing "The Child Catcher" in the UK Touring production of musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. [October 2006]
4 Ex-son-law of David Goddard.
5 Father of rock/hip hop/drum n bass producer/film composer/actor Adam F..
6 He had numerous hits in the 70s and the early 80s.
7 He was known as Shane Fenton in the 60s when he was the lead singer of Shane Fenton and the Fentones.



Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "So Near to Christmas"
Life on Mars 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Somersault 2004 performer: "My Coo Ca Choo"
Playing the Field 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love Serenade 1996 performer: "My Coo Ca Choo"
No 73 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Countdown 1974 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Derrick 1974 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Van Oekel's Discohoek 1974 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Play It Cool 1962 performer: "It's Gonna Take Magic", "Why Little Girl" - as Shane Fenton / writer: "Why Little Girl" - as Bernard Jewry



Doctors 2000 TV Series Tony Hepworth
The Grimleys 1997 TV Movie Landlord
Hollyoaks 1995 TV Series Greg Andersen
The Starlight Ballroom 1983 TV Movie Umberto Rossi
¡Señoras y señores! 1975 TV Series



Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Loose Women 2008-2010 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself
The Podge and Rodge Show 2007 TV Series Himself
Working Lunch 2007 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2005 TV Series Himself
The Weakest Link 2004 TV Series Himself
Richard & Judy 2004 TV Series Himself
TV Burp 2002 TV Series Himself
There's Only One Elvis 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2000 TV Series Himself
Night Fever 1999 TV Series Himself
A Big Hand for Sooty 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Harry Hill 1997 TV Series Himself
Shooting Stars 1995 TV Series Himself
Jo Brand Through the Cakehole 1994 TV Series Himself
Bygones 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest Panellist
Jameson Tonight 1990 TV Series Himself (1990)
Blankety Blank 1988 TV Series Himself
The Keith Harris Show 1985 TV Series
This Is Your Life 1980-1985 TV Series documentary Himself
No 73 1984-1985 TV Series Himself
Bullseye 1984 TV Series Himself
Crackerjack! 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
Na sowas! 1984 TV Series Himself
Pop Quiz 1981-1984 TV Series Himself
Starburst 1982 TV Series Himself
Musikladen 1982 TV Series Himself
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Get It Together 1981 TV Series Himself
Let's Rock 1981 TV Series Himself
3-2-1 1981 TV Series Guest Star
Star Games 1980 TV Series Himself
The Basil Brush Show 1977 TV Series Himself
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 1975-1977 TV Series Himself - Judge / Himself
The Sweepstakes Game 1976 TV Series Himself
Arrows 1976 TV Series Himself
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game 1975 TV Series Himself
Look Alive 1975 TV Series Himself
Shang-a-Lang 1975 TV Series Himself
Süd-Side-Story 1975 TV Movie Himself - Musician
Supersonic 1975 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
45 1974 TV Series Himself
Lift Off 1974 TV Series Himself
Disco 1974 TV Series Himself
Top à... 1974 TV Series Himself
Van Oekel's Discohoek 1974 TV Series Himself
Spotlight 1974 TV Series Himself
The Cool Spot 1964 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1963 TV Series Himself
The Dream Maker 1963 Himself - Cameo appearance (as Shane Fenton)
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1963 TV Series Himself / Himself - Shane Fenton
Play It Cool 1962 Himself (leader, Shane Fenton and His Fentones) (as Shane Fenton)

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If It Ain't Stiff 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Timeshift 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Himself
Boom Boom! The Best of the Original Basil Brush Show 2001 Video Himself
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series Himself
Van Oekel blikt terug 1974 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Countdown 1974 TV Series Himself

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1 [on the origin of his stage name] It started off as Elvin Starr, because they wanted a kind of rocky, country name. But [a woman] who was doing promotion for us said it wasn't "glam-rocky" enough, so it became Stardust and then Alvin.

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