Shane Fenton

Shane Fenton [Bernard William Jewry] was born 27th Sep ’42,Muswell Hill, London] and later went by Alvin Stardust.

Alvin Stardust, born Bernard William Jewry is an English pop singer and actor. His debut appearance was made at the age of four in pantomime. In the 1960s and unknown band called Shane Fenton and The Fentones sent a demo tape to the BBC in the hope of being picked to appear on TV.

Whilst waiting for a reply Shane Fenton died of rheumatic fever and the band split up before receiving a letter asking them to come and audition at the BBC. Fenton’s mother asked the band to stay together and keep the name of the band in memory of her son. Stardust was a roadie for the band at the time and stepped up to become the new Shane Fenton. The band had a number of UK hits in the 1960s before breaking up.
He was featured as a solo act in Photo-Cast 1963/64 but toured with the Fentons.
Here’s movie footage featuring Shane with Billy Fury [who also performed at the Two Red Shoes].


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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