He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him, his manager said.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.The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years on 3 November.He recently announced the record, titled Alvin, was finished and would represent "a new and exciting departure" of which he was "immensely proud".
The singer had performed on stage at the Regal cinema in Evesham, Worcestershire on Saturday.
Stardust grew up in Mansfield 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.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."It started off as Elvin Starr, because they wanted a kind of rocky, country name," he recalled in 2010. BBC NEWS