“We only knew you for a moment but that moment will live with us forever”
Conehead have announced that the release of ‘Alvin’, the final album by Alvin Stardust, and his first in thirty years will be bought forward to the 27th October 2014. The album will be issued posthumously and is a worthy testament to a talent that endured, and a reputation that will continue even after his death on 23rd October 2014. This is a collection reflecting a maturing performer, at home with the nuances of that remarkable voice. It’s a reflective, speculative and deeply personal album that beguiles with an open honesty that recalls the best of the singer-songwriter genre.
Alvin passed away today aged 72. His wife Julie Paton and his family were with him. Very recently diagnosed with Metastatic Prostate Cancer he died after a short illness.
Born Bernard William Jewry, he found fame initially as 'Shane Fenton', performing as Shane Fenton & The Fentones in the early 60s. After their break-up he continued to perform and work in the entertainment industry before returning as Alvin Stardust. Scoring a hit in 1973 with My Coo Ca Choo, Alvin Stardust became a household name and continued to perform up until the very last weeks of his life. He enjoyed a series of hit singles and also worked extensively in theatre, with roles in Godspell, David Copperfield and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
His manager Andy Davies said, "Alvin and I had only started working together over the last couple of years because he and I believed that musically he still had a great deal to give and explore and so we recorded an album that is a testament to an artist who gave his career to music. I may not have known him long but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I've ever met; his passing is a huge and sad loss".