F.L.M. was to be the sisters' only album. In 1988, Mel was diagnosed with cancer and died of the disease early in 1990. Kim recorded a solo album in the early '90s, but it was not as successful as her work with Mel and Kim.
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Since that time, he had sunk into obscurity, haunting the nightclub circuit with an increasingly tired oldies set, until a meeting with songwriter/producer Pete Shelley suddenly brought him back up to date. Although neither Fenton nor Shelley would ever duplicate the sheer hypnotic magnificence of "My Coo Ca Choo," the record which slammed the Alvin Stardust persona into the public eye, they still proved to be one of the most reliable and constantly enjoyable hit making teams of the mid-'70s, while Stardust's refusal to retreat back into the shadows has seen him establish himself among Britain's most loved entertainers.
Shelley wrote "My Coo Ca Choo" long before he decided who would perform it; all he knew was he wanted someone "who could sing rock & roll, but who looked pretty mean." At the time, after all, the entire country seemed to be consumed by glam rock, with all the perceived superficiality which that portended. Shelley wanted someone who would be seen as the complete opposite of all that. He found it in Shane Fenton.
Redolent as it was of a much earlier era, Fenton's own name, of course, could not be revived. Alvin Stardust, however, sounded utterly up-to-date and, though there were certainly some teething problems in the weeks before "My Coo-Ca-Choo" was launched (most notably the decision to dress the singer in a pink jumpsuit for his first TV appearance), by the time the record began threatening the Top 40, the Alvin Stardust image was firmly in place. By the time the media at large realized who he really was, an entire generation of pop fans were so entranced that it really didn't matter.
With a 1950s-style haircut, tight black leather and a permanent scowl, crouched in a stance midway between a fighting fit boxer and the ghost of Gene Vincent, Stardust was the most threatening looking pop star of the age. Even before the Magnet Records publicity department began to move, the media was already showering him with epithets: "the Man in Black," "the Untouchable," "the Star Who Is Forbidden to Smile," "the Son of Gary Glitter." Children's television seriously considered banning him from appearing in case he frightened the young viewers, but nothing could halt "My Coo Ca Choo." The single rose to number two, before finally being held off the top spot by fellow veteran Gary Glitter. "Jealous Mind," which did go all the way to number one, more than compensated for that disappointment and over the next year, into the summer of 1975, Shelley and Stardust produced another five, almost equally memorable, hit singles: "Red Dress," "You You You," "Tell Me Why," "Good Love Can Never Die," and "Sweet Cheatin' Rita."
The hits stopped after that, but Stardust had already made plans for the future. He had already dropped the leather and the scowl, while his last two singles, in particular, had revealed a sensitive side to the once-demonic performer. With an audience which now included as many parents as children, he turned his attention towards the rock & roll revival circuit and remained a successful live draw well into the early '80s.
Stardust then engineered a quite remarkable comeback, signing to the Stiff Records label and returning to the chart with "Pretend." It reached number four during fall 1981 and while Stardust then lapsed back into silence, it was only fleeting. In May, 1984, "I Feel Like Buddy Holly" returned him to the U.K. Top Ten, to be followed by "I Won't Run Away" and the festive favorite "So Near to Christmas." He celebrated 25 years of chart success the following year when "Got a Little Heartache" breached the Top 60. It was to prove his final hit; since that time, Alvin Stardust has remained a fixture on the live circuit, eminently capable of appearing on both glam and rock & roll revival bills.
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It was Eurovision that established Logan's superstardom; when the contest celebrated its 50th anniversary, "Hold Me Now" was voted the third most popular song ever to win the event, while he was also the only performer to have a second song in the final 14, as "What's Another Year" crept in alongside it. His musical fame is by no means restricted to the contest, however. A chart regular in Ireland and a successful performer and writer across Europe, Logan has scored a string of non-Eurovision hits, including "24 Hours," "A State of Happiness," "Visions of Glory" (with Montserrat Caballé), "Back to Where We Started," "Celebrate and Win," "Das Herrlichste Geschenk" (a duet with Wencke Myhre), "I Love to Party" (alongside Kaye Styles), "Me and My Jealous Heart," "No One Makes Love Like You" (with fellow Eurovision champion Nicole), "The Only Thing I've Ever Wanted," and "Where Did the Love Go." He also scored a major hit with a 2001 update of his 1987 winner, appropriately titled "Hold Me Now 2001."
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In 1975, Charles reunited with her old Northern Lights partner Martin Jay as Airbus. When their debut single "Bye Love" was flipped by their UK imprint Philips (who also christened them the more electrifying 5000 Volts), the B-side "I'm on Fire" became a major worldwide hit. More importantly, it brought her to the attention of the singularly named, and fast-rising disco producer Biddu.
Having already struck disco gold with Carl Douglas' massive hit, "Kung Fu Fighting," Biddu approached Charles and had her cut the solo single "You Set My Heart on Fire." Released on CBS (her permanent home through the 1970s), the single didn't do anything in the charts; undeterred, they promptly rebounded with the monumental disco anthem "I Love to Love (But My Baby Just Loves to Dance)." Reaching number one on the UK singles charts in February 1976, the track also emerged a minor hit in the US, where it fared better in the discos than in the mainstream slipstream. With Biddu working magically behind the scenes, Charles brought yet another single, "Love Me Like a Lover," into the U.K. charts that year. Backed by a band that included future Buggles Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, Charles released her first LP that summer. Dance Lady Dance brought a further two singles into the Top Ten at the end of 1976, the number six hit "Dance Little Lady Dance" and the number four smash "Dr Love." In total, Charles spent a remarkable 42 weeks on the UK chart in 1976 alone.
The following year was just as fruitful -- she recorded two more LPs, Rendezvous and Heart 'N Soul, and three of her singles were chart smashes: "Rendezvous"; a medley of "Love Bug" and the oldie "Sweets for My Sweet" hit in 1977; but the most notable was the following year's cover of fellow-Biddu stablemate Jimmy James' hit "I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me." Charles' star, though, appeared to be on the decline as disco gave way to a different kind of hedonism all together. Despite continuing to release singles during 1978, she began sinking from sight. A 1980 LP, Just One Smile, also failed to make any mark whatsoever. Charles returned to the British charts just one more time, with a 1986 remix of "I Love to Love."
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The Hand Cut album and four hit singles -- "Run for Your Life," "When We Were Young," "London Town," and "Rules of the Game" -- brought the band similar success in 1983. But slowly diminishing chart positions were beginning to show. The last two 45s peaked at numbers 34 and 57, respectively, while even a Christmas Greatest Hits album only reached number 25. Bucks Fizz appeared to be bouncing back, however, as summer 1984's "Talking in Your Sleep" at least marched into the Top 20. But two further underperformers, "Golden Days" and "I Hear Talk," saw the band's star decline once again, while a road accident shortly before Christmas left Nolan badly injured and necessitated the cancellation of the group's current tour. Worse was to come, as Jay Aston departed in 1985; he was replaced by Shelley Preston and Bucks Fizz continued scoring minor hits -- interspersed by the occasional major one (1986's "New Beginning" reached number eight) until 1988's "Heart of Stone" finally ended their chart career.
Since that time, Bucks Fizz have remained a going concern, although constant lineup changes have seen some 15 or so different singers pass through the ranks, including former Dollar frontman David Van Day. Of the founding members, Baker quit in 1993 and Nolan in 1986, leaving Bobby G alone to link the current incarnation to its past. Nolan and Van Day later formed their own version of the band, Bucks Fizz featuring Mike Nolan. They released several singles, and also re-recorded a number of old hits for various compilations. Nolan later left this band, but Van Day continued on as Bucks Fizz and, following several highly publicized legal tussles with Bobby G, now tours as David Van Day's Bucks Fizz Show. In 2004, the mid-'80s lineup of Baker, Nolan, Bobby G, and Preston re-formed for a handful of shows around the release of the band's The Ultimate Anthology collection; two years later, following the appearance of the Lost Masters rarities album, another reunion saw the four original members (plus Preston) reconvene to record a version of the Proclaimers' "500 Miles" for the Comic Relief charity.
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