Tributes to Alvin, one of the most distinctive acts to grace glam rock

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Tributes have been paid to singer and actor Alvin Stardust who has died aged 72 after a short illness.

He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife, Julie Paton, and family around him.

The singer – real name Bernard Jewry – started out in the music business in the 1960s but became a huge star on the back of the 1970s glam rock scene, scoring hits with tracks including My Coo Ca Choo and Jealous Mind.

His retro rock ’n’ roll sound, distinctive quiff, sideburns and eccentric outfits – often complete with a pair of black leather gloves – made him one of the most distinctive acts to grace the charts in the ‘70s.

Among those paying tribute was Radio 5 Live DJ presenter Nicky Campbell, who said: “Pointing at the camera with his single leather glove. ‘Lay down and groove on the mat’. He did the attitude consummately. Alvin Stardust RIP”.

DJ Tony Blackburn said: “So sorry to hear about Alvin. He was a lovely man and gave us some great songs. RIP.”

Stardust, who lived in Billingshurst, West Sussex, was still performing until recently and working on a new album – his first in 30 years – which is due for release later this month.

His manager, Andy Davies, said: “Alvin and I had only started working together over the last couple of years because he and I believed 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.

“I may not have known him long but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I’ve ever met. His passing is a huge and sad loss.”

Born in London, Stardust grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and started playing guitar as a schoolboy.

He met one of his biggest influences, Buddy Holly, at a gig in Doncaster and played backstage with the singer and his band the Crickets.