Late rocker Alvin Stardust jammed with Buddy Holly in Doncaster

Summer season photocall at North Pier theatre.'Alvin Stardust. PIC BY ROB LOCK.
Summer season photocall at North Pier theatre.'Alvin Stardust. PIC BY ROB LOCK.

Singer Alvin Stardust, whose death was announced this morning, once jammed backstage with rock legend Buddy Holly in Doncaster.

The star, who has died at the age of 72 after a short illness, met the American musician when he performed at the town’s Gaumont Cinema in March 1958.

Stardust, then known by his birth name of Bernard Jewry, was given his first guitar on his twelth birthday and he took it on the bus to Doncaster with him to see Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

He talked his way backstage, where Buddy noticed Bernard clinging to the guitar, so he asked him to play for them.

Buddy and the Crickets all joined in, and they jammed to Peggy Sue in their dressing room.

They had no paper or photos for an autograph, so instead they signed his guitar, which started a collection of autographs on the instrument which was aso signed by the likes of Eddie Cochrane, Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd, Billy Fury, Joe Brown, Marty Wilde, Bert Weedon, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, all of The Beatles, and all of The Rolling Stones to make it one of rock’s most treasured items of musical memorabilia.

Stardust had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife, Julie, and family around him, his manager said this morning.

Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.

He grew up in Mansfield and started playing guitar as a schoolboy.

He signed his first record deal in 1961 as the frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones, though the band struggled to get in the charts.

In 1973 he signed with Magnet Records and took on the name that would make him famous.

My Coo Ca Choo, the debut song under his new guise, peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.