Billingshurst glam icon Alvin Stardust dies

The 1970s pop singer Alvin Stardust, who lived in Billingshurst, West Sussex has died aged 72 after a short illness.

The star was due to release his first album in 30 years next month.

He was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died in his West Sussex home with his wife and family around him.

Born Bernard William Jewry on September 27, 1942, he first began performing in Shane Fenton and The Fentones.

A decade after The Fentones broke up he came back to the spotlight as Alvin Stardust.

He became well known for his hits including ‘My Coo Ca Choo’, ‘Jealous Mind’ and ‘I Feel Like Buddy Holly’.

Alvin Stardust enjoyed success on the stage and in musicals later in his career and recently headlined the Rudgwick Music Festival in West Sussex earlier this year.

A full obituary will be published in next week’s issue of The District Post. Do you have any memories of Alvin Stardust you would like to share? Email us at

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