My Coo Ca Choo

"My Coo Ca Choo" is the first successful release for Alvin Stardust, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart in December 1973.[1] The glam rock single fared even better in Australia, where it spent seven weeks at the top and was the best charting single in the country in 1974.[2]

"My Coo Ca Choo"
Single by Alvin Stardust
from the album The Untouchable
B-side"Pull Together"
Released1973
Format7" single
GenreGlam rock
Songwriter(s)Peter Shelley
Alvin Stardust singles chronology
"My Coo Ca Choo"
(1973)
"Jealous Mind"
(1974)

The song was written, sung, and recorded by Peter Shelley,[3] using the glam rock name Alvin Stardust. Although he had already appeared as the original Alvin Stardust on the Lift Off television programme, Shelley was surprised when the record went straight into the chart the following week. As he had no desire to become his own stage name creation, he and Levy both agreed that if this act were to become more than just a one-hit wonder, then a "face" was required to be, and perform as, Alvin Stardust. The ideal person appeared, Shane Fenton. The new "Stardust" then appeared on BBC Television's Top of the Pops just as the record had entered the UK Top 30, before finally reaching number 2. Shelley then followed up with a string of hits for Stardust, including "Jealous Mind", which went to number 1 in the UK in March 1974.[4]

References

  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 524. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. Australian Chart Book (1970-1992) - David Kent : pp380,426
  3. "How I turned Bernard from Mansfield into Alvin Stardust, by Lord Levy". Mail Online. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 298. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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