Alvin Stardust, aka Shane Fenton, aka Bernard Jewry, died today aged 72. For a year, sometime in the mid-70s, cashing in on glam and before punk, he cut a peculiarly eye-catching figure. Dressed all in black, including those all-important gloves with rings on the outside, he looked like a gothic Elvis Presley or a teddy-boy Hells Angel. I remember seeing him sing 'My Coo Ca Choo' and 'Jealous Mind' on Top of the Pops. He had a way of holding the mic which was just weird while pointing 'menacingly' at the camera with his other hand. As an impressionable 13-year-old it was quite sinister.
He did stuff before and after (including coming third in the Eurovision Song Content in the mid-80s) but it was that 1974 persona that I'll remember him for.