Buzzcocks Singer Pete Shelley Dead at 63

Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies aged 63

Lead singer of The Buzzcocks Pete Shelley dead at 63

The sad news was shared today via his brother, Gary McNeish, who wrote on Facebook, "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away".

Pete Shelley of groundbreaking United Kingdom punk band Buzzcocks has died, reports the BBC. The band was formed in 1976 by Shelley and co-founder and original singer Howard Devoto.

Norman Blake, frontman of Teenage Fanclub, paid tribute to the enduring musical legacy of Shelley, saying: "I love (d) Buzzcocks".

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Shelley went on to have a solo career, releasing the song Do Anything, for the film Some Kind of Wonderful but the band reformed in 1989 and released brand new music, touring with bands such as Nirvana, the Adored, the Strays, Lola Ray, and Images.

And singer Tracey Thorn, formerly of Everything But The Girl, said Shelley had been an "amazing songwriter".

The Buzzcocks were a vastly influential pillar of Manchester's influential punk scene in the '70s, along with contemporaries like Magazine and the Sex Pistols.

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He tweeted: "Pete Shelley wrote ideal three minute pop songs".

The Buzzcocks, with Steve Diggle (L), Pete Shelley, Steve Garvey and Danny Farrant (rear) perform at "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on July 24, 2006, in Los Angeles.

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