Alvin Stardust has died after losing his battle with Metatastic Prostate Cancer .
He was born Bernard Jewry in London’s Muswell Hill in 1942. His family moved to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire to follow his father Bill’s new job as a salesman. The job came with a big house where Bernard’s mother started theatrical digs for The Palace Theatre, ensuring that the young Bernard was soon surrounded by performers, actors and singers
He first changed his name to Shane Fenton and together with his backing group, The Fentones, amassed four top 40 hits with I’m A Moody Guy in 1961 and Walk Away, It’s All Over Now and a cover of Johnny Crawford’s Cindy’s Birthday, all in 1962. He also turned his hand to acting and appeared in Billy Fury’s movie Play It Cool later the same year.
In the early seventies he cashed in on the glam rock scene with seven top 20 hits including Tell Me Why, My Coo-Ca-Choo and the chart-topping Jealous Mind in 1974. He continued with that name and in 1984 he met up with his old friend Mike Batt, who wrote him a song called, I Feel Like Buddy Holly. There was a label war to sign him and Chrysalis won the race. Alvin became their top selling singles artist with three consecutive hits, I Feel Like Buddy Holly, I Won’t Run Away and So Near To Christmas.
In 1976 he became the face of the Green Cross Code road safety campaign called Children’s Heroes in which he taught children how to cross the road safely and is best remembered for the tag lines ‘You must be out of your tiny minds’ and ‘Be smart, be safe’.
He entered A Song for Europe with a track called The Clock on the Wall which made the qualifying heat of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985. He loved acting and in 2005 he landed the role of the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.
He was married three times, firstly to Rory Storm’s sister Iris Caldwell then famously to Liza Goddard and, at the time of his death he was married to Julie Paton. His son Adam became a drum & bass producer under the moniker Adam F and has scored seven UK hits the highest being Circles which reached number 20 in 1997.
In 2014 he returned to the studio to record a new album, his first in 30 years. Alvin said of it, “I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. Alvin is a new and exciting departure for me and I’m immensly (sic) proud of the finished product. “