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Pete Shelley

Pete Shelley, formerly of Buzzcocks, dies aged 62

by Paul Cashmere on December 7, 2018

in News

One-time Buzzcocks singer and songwriter Pete Shelley has died from a suspected heart attack at age 62.

Shelley co-wrote Buzzcocks biggest song ‘Ever Fallen In Love’, also a hit later for Fine Young Cannibals.

Buzzocks confirmed Pete’s death on their Twitter feed. “It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks”.

Joy Division/New Order founder Peter Hook paid tribute to Shelley saying, “He helped us so much at the start of our career out of a sheer love for all things punk. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the Docks. RIP mate”.

Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1976. ‘Ever Fallen in Love’ was released two years later. The song was produced by Martin Rushent who went on to produce The Human League’s ‘Dare’.

After the band broke up in 1981 Pete embarked on a solo career and had a hit with his forst solo single ‘Homosapien’, once again produced by Rushent.

Pete Shelley died in Estonia, where he lived.

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