Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies aged 63

Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies aged 63

Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies aged 63

Pete Shelley, frontman for groundbreaking punk outfit the Buzzcocks, passed away on December 6 in Estonia.

Pete Shelley, one of the founding members of the legendary punk rock band, Buzzcocks, has tragically died at the age of 63-years-old after years of touring and performing.

He wrote his best-known song, "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" in 1978, and it hit No. 12 on the British music charts.

The band's management told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living. It did not elaborate on the details of Shelley's death but said that more information would be released later.

Buzzcocks John Maher Steve Garvey Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle
Buzzcocks John Maher Steve Garvey Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle

The band was celebrated for their catchy, yet urgent three-minute songs and are often regarded, along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, as among the originators of punk.

"A superb songwriter, artist and a totally sweet hearted guy who was one of the very few originals of punk and even a one off within that". Buzzcocks made their debut opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester in July, 1976, and released their first recording, the four-track Spiral Scratch EP, in January, 1977.

Born Peter Campbell McNeish in Leigh, near Wigan, Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto while studying in Bolton.

In the year 2000, the host of the series invited Shelley up on stage and said that without Buzzcocks, the name of the show would've never existed. "My deepest condolences to his family and friends".

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