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The Music of Alvin Stardust

Don’t you just love that name? Before this English rock singer and stage actor took the name of Alvin Stardust during 1961 he was going by the name of Shane Fenton and cranking out hits such as “I’m a Moody Guy” and “Cindy’s Birthday”. Soon he had discovered the nightclub circuit which brought him to a meeting with songwriter/producer Pete Shelley.

Suddenly in the mid-1970s, there was Alvin Stardust with the song “My Coo Ca Choo” which suddenly made people sit up and take notice of him. Shelley had written this song and was looking for a singer to sing it so that the song and he would stand out from the rest of the popular glam rock of this period. Since Shane Fenton could not be brought back into the rock scene then the name Alvin Stardust sounded just right for this period. Pop fans were mesmerized with the singer, the song, and his pink jumpsuit.

Otherwise, Alvin Stardust sported a 1950s-style haircut, tight black leather, and a scowl. Even though “My Coo Ca Choo” stopped at number two the next song “Jealous Mind” went to number one. By the summer of 1975, Shelley and Stardust had five more memorable hit singles “Red Dress”, “You You You”, “Tell Me Why”, “Good Love Can Never Die”, and “Sweet Cheatin’ Rita”. Once the hits stopped scoring Stardust went on the rock and roll revival circuit and was quite successful into the early 1980s.

Stardust joined a new label and returned to the charts with “Pretend” in 1981. In 1984 it was “ I Feel Like Buddy Holly” and “I Won’t Run Away”. A holiday favorite was “So Near to Christmas”. He celebrated his 25th anniversary for coming out with hits with “Got a Little Heartache”. This is where he stopped taking some TV and stage roles. Stardust passed on in October 2014 just two weeks before releasing Alvin, his first studio album in over 25 years.


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