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Alvin Stardust has sadly passed away after recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. The 72-year-old died today (Oct 23) at his home in West Sussex.
The singer was born Bernard William Jewry in Muswell Hill, North London, on 27 September 1942. His first success came in the early 1960s when he performed as Shane Fenton with his band The Fentones. He had been the roadie for the band, but took over frontman duties when the original Shane Fenton (real name Johnny Theakstone) died. The band had moderate hits with “I’m A Moody Guy,” “Walk Away,” “It’s All Over Now,” and “Cindy’s Birthday” but broke up after several songs had failed to chart.
Jewry also appeared as Shane Fenton in the 1962 Billy Fury movie “Play It Cool”.
“It’s Gonna Take Magic” – Shane Fenton and Billy Fury
After a decade away from the spotlight, Jewry adopted the stage name Alvin Stardust in the early 1970s and became one of the leading glam rock figures in the UK. As with Shane Fenton, Jewry was not the original Alvin Stardust. The original Alvin Stardust was Peter Shelley, who wrote “My Coo Ca Choo” and co-owned the record company that released it. Jewry became the face of Alvin Stardust when it was decided that someone with a strong look was needed to take the act forward. As Stardust, Jewry now entered the most successful stage of his career, charting a number of hits in 1974-75, including the UK No. 1 “Jealous Minds,” “Red Dress,” “You, You, You,” “Tell Me Why,” “Good Love Can Never Die” and “Sweet Cheatin’ Rita.”
“Jealous Mind” – Alvin Stardust
This chart success and his popularity with the young led to Stardust being used as part of the successful Green Cross Code road safety campaign in 1976.
After several years without a hit, Alvin Stardust returned to the UK Top Ten in 1981 with “Pretend,” and did so again twice in 1984 with “I Feel Like Buddy Holly” and “I Won’t Run Away”. His final chart success was the moderate hit “Got a Little Heartache” in 1985, but he kept busy with acting and singing roles in stage shows such as “Godspell,” “David Copperfield – The Musical,” “The Butlin Story” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. He also took on various television hosting and acting roles, including a stint in the soap opera “Hollyoaks”.
Stardust made a return to live gigs in recent years and recently recorded a new album titled “Alvin” which will be released on October 27 in the UK and on November 11 (import) in North America.
Alvin Stardust – Alvin
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The Hollies have celebrated their 50th anniversary with a great value 3-CD collection titled “The Hollies – 50 at Fifty”. The set contains 50 tracks, including classic hits, standout album tracks, live recordings, and a brand new song for 2014 titled “Skylarks”.
“The Hollies – 50 at Fifty” is a belated release, as the 50th anniversary was last year, but “50 at Fifty-One” wouldn’t have been a very snappy title.
The Hollies charted more than 30 times on the UK singles chart and 21 times on the Billboard Hot 100, making them one of the most successful British groups of all time in the US. A spin of the CDs tells you why, with the crisp, powerful three-part harmonies supported by inventive and distinctive instrumentation. The biggest hits are all here, including such classics as “Just One Look,” “Bus Stop,” “I’m Alive, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and “The Air That I Breathe”.
The anthemic new track, “Skylarks,” features long time members Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliot with the band’s current line up of Peter Howarth, Steve Lauri, Ray Stiles, and Ian Parker.
“The Hollies – 50 at Fifty” – Tracklist
- (Ain t That) Just Like Me
- Just One Look
- Hear I Go Again
- We’re Through
- Yes I Will
- I’m Alive
- Look Through Any Window
- If I Needed Someone
- I Can’t Let Go
- Bus Stop
- Pay You Back With Interest
- Stop Stop Stop
- On A Carousel
- Carrie Anne
- King Midas In Reverse
- Jennifer Eccles
- Listen To Me
- Sorry Suzanne.
- He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
- I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top
- Gasoline Alley Bred
- Hey Willy
- The Baby
- Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
- Magic Woman Touch
- The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee
- The Air That I Breathe
- Lonely Hobo Lullaby
- Sandy (4th Of July, Asbury Park)
- I’m Down
- There s Always Goodbye
- Boulder To Birmingham
- Too Young To Be Married (Live)
- Daddy Don t Mind.
- Hello To Romance
- Soldiers Song
- If The Lights Go Out (first version)
- Take My Love And Run (first version)
- Stop In The Name Of Love
- Too Many Hearts Get Broken
- Laughter Turns To Tears
- Let Her Go Down
- So Damn Beautiful
- Then, Now Always (Dolphin Days) (Live)
- On A Carousel (Live).
“The Hollies – 50 at Fifty” can be ordered now via the links below:
The Hollies – 50 at Fifty
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Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer responsible for some of the most memorable images ever taken of the young Elvis Presley, has died of natural causes at his New York apartment.
Wertheimer was born in Germany in 1929 and emigrated to Brooklyn as a young boy. He graduated Cooper Union in 1951 and, after serving as an Army Signal Corp photographer, began working as a freelance photographer in the early 1950s.
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A four-CD Joni Mitchell box set titled “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” will be released on November 24.
The 53-song set features songs personally selected by the folk legend and re-arranged into ‘themes’. Mitchell explains:
Instead of it being an emotional roller coaster ride as it was before – crammed into one disc – themes began to develop. Moods sustained. When this long editorial process (two years) finally came to rest, I had four ballets or a four-act ballet — a quartet. I also had a box set.
I am a painter who writes songs. My songs are very visual. The words create scenes… What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes (like a documentary filmmaker) and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work.
As well as selecting the songs, Mitchell designed the packaging and wrote the liner notes to the songs. The set also comes with a series of six paintings and a deluxe hardcover book.
“Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” tracklist
- In France They Kiss On Main Street
- Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac
- You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
- Harlem in Havana
- Car on a Hill
- Dancin’ Clown
- Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
- Harry’s House/Centerpiece
- Shades of Scarlett Conquering
- Number One
- The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)
- Come In From the Cold.
- Court and Spark
- No Apologies
- Trouble Child
- Not to Blame
- Nothing Can Be Done
- Comes Love
- Moon at the window
- Tax Free
- The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
- Stay In Touch
- Night Ride Home.
- You’re My Thrill
- The Crazy Cries of Love
- Love Puts on a New Face
- A Strange Boy
- You Dream Flat Tires
- All I Want
- Be Cool
- Yvette in English
- Just Like This Train
- The Only Joy in Town.
- Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
- Two Grey Rooms
- God Must Be a Boogie Man
- Down to You
- A Case of You
- The Last Time I Saw Richard
- Raised on Robbery
- Sweet Sucker Dance
- Cool Water
- Both Sides Now
- My Best to You.
“Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” is available to pre-order now via the links below:
Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced (4 CDs)
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Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and The Kinks are among the artists featured in Legacy Recordings’ line-up of collectible vinyl releases for Record Store Day’s Black Friday 2014.
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