Singer and actor Alvin Stardust passed away after a short illness, it was confirmed on Tuesday. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. Stardust was 72 and surrounded by family. Alvin Stardust died just weeks before releasing his first studio album in 30 years!
Stardust achieved during the seventies, and is most known for his hit “My Coo Ca Choo.” He also had 11 Top 40 hits. Alvin released five studio albums from 1974 to 1984, and apart from his music, he is also known for his work on stage and screen. Alvin also hosted his very own Sunday morning children’s TV series called “It’s Stardust.”
Alvin Stardust was born Bernard William Jewry on 27 September 1942 in Muswell Hill, North London. He got his first guitar when he was 12 and took it on a bus to Doncaster with him to see a Buddy Holly and the Crickets. He snuck backstage and got the band to sign it!
The guitar was named Peggy Sue, after the Holly song, and is now worth more than £1 million having collected numerous other autographs over the years from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Sir Cliff Richard.
As a teenager, Stardust performed as Shane Fenton and the Fentones in the early 1960s. He took the name of the former singer who had died of rheumatic fever. The band were known throughout Europe thanks to songs like Why Little Girl, It’s Gonna Take Magic, Moody Guy and Five Foot Two, but a few years later they disbanded.
He then began performing with his first wife Iris Caldwell. Iris married Alvin only a year after splitting from Paul McCartney, and they had two sons together, before divorcing in the ‘80s. During his marriage to Iris, Bernard jumped stepped into the glam-rock scene and became the Alvin Stardust known today. He married actress Liza Goddard in 1981 and they had a daughter and a son, before divorcing six years later.
He met his third and final wife Julie Paton in the’90s, an established singing coach, while on tour with the musical Godspell. They have one daughter.