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Key dates in Alvin Stardust's showbusiness career

Alvin Stardust, who has died aged 72, had a rich and varied career in both music and, latterly, acting and musical theatre.

  • Born Bernard Jewry in 1942 in east London
  • Got his first guitar aged 12
  • Signed his first record deal in 1961 as frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones
  • Signed to Magnet Records in 1973, this time under the name Alvin Stardust.
  • Scored hits well into the 1980s including Pretend, I Feel Like Buddy Holly and My Coo Ca Choo
  • turned to acting in the 1990s, appearing in shows such as Hollyoaks, the Grimlys and Doctors
  • also appeared in several musicals, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Boogie Nights

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Alvin Stardust 'still had a great deal to give'

Alvin Stardust still had "a great deal to give", his manager has said.

The singer was on the verge of releasing a new album, entitled 'Alvin', at the start of November.

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.

– Andy Davies

Mr Davies said although he did not know him very long, Stardust was "one of the most genuine and likeable men I've ever met".

Tributes paid to 'lovely' Alvin Stardust

People have been leaving their tributes to Alvin Stardust on Twitter, including radio DJ Tony Blackburn:

Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell said he "did the attitude consummately":

Former member of Blue, Antony Costa, remembers acting alongside him in the stage show Boogie Nights.

Alvin's ex-wife: Thank you for our beautiful daughter

A Twitter account that seems to belong to Alvin Stardust's former wife, Liza Goddard, carries a message for the late singer:

The pair married in 1981 and had one child together.

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Alvin Stardust sings 1973 hit 'My Coo Ca Choo'

'My Coo Ca Choo' was Alvin Stardust's first successful release for Alvin Stardust and it reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in December 1973.

Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin', at the beginning of next month.

Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin, at the beginning of next month.

Writing on his official website he had said of the record:

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 proud of the finished product

– Alvin Stardust
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