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Shane Fenton & The Fentones

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In the early 1960s, Shane Fenton and The Fentones were an unknown teenage band who recorded a demo tape and mailed it in to a BBC programme with the hope of being picked to appear on TV. While awaiting a reply from the BBC, the band’s 17 year old singer Shane Fenton (born Johnny Theakstone) died as a result of the rheumatic fever he had suffered in childhood. The rest of the band decided to break up, but then unexpectedly received a letter from the BBC inviting them to come to London to audition in person for the programme. Theakstone’s mother asked the band to stay together, and to keep its name, in honour of her son’s memory. Bernard William Jewry, who was a roadie with the group at the time, was asked to become the new Shane Fenton. The combo had a handful of hits in the UK Singles Chart,[1] basing their sound on that of The Shadows. Jewry later also appeared in Billy Fury’s movie, Play It Cool.

Jewry disappeared from the spotlight for a decade after the break-up of The Fentones, working in music management and performing at small venues with his wife Iris Caldwell, the sister of Rory Storm. During the early 1970s, however, Jewry acquired a new persona, Alvin Stardust, as he successfully cashed in on the glam rock bandwagon. His name was given to him by Michael Levy (later Lord Levy) who owned his record label. Magnet Records. His debut hit was “My Coo-Ca-Choo” in 1973.

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  • genegir

    Жаль парня. Первый сингл 1961 года... Поздновато начал, а мог бы и с Клиффом Ричардом пободаться.

    31 Oct 7:56am Reply
  • thrillseeker01

    All the Fentones singers adopted the name Shane Fenton

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • selimteh

    Alvin Stardust in a previous incarnation !

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • xp8bud

    heavy story, life really sux sometimes. to the angel young shane

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Tullalgot

    Perfect rock n roll!

    1 Apr 2011 Reply

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