Timeline 1980-89


Roy Massey becomes Alvins manager, a partnership that would last for the next 22 years


Appears on TV's Oh Boy & Lets Rock programmes With Lulu, Shakin' Stevens, Joe Brown & Freddie Fingers Lee.

 Sept 1981

Roy Massey meets with Pete Waterman at Leeds Music. Roy found a studio in Worcestershire, and Pretend was recorded at their own expense and was produced by Peter Collins. After some refusals by record companies. Alvin eventually signs to Stiff Records and

Pretend is  released. Reaches number 4 in the UK.

10 Sep 1981

Top Of The Pops broadcast: Pretend.

Nov 1981

 A Wonderful Time Up There single released.

Nov 1981

Appears on the Royal Command Performance.

Apr 1982

Weekend released on the Still Label & reaches number 1 in Belgium.

Nov 1982

 A Picture of You  single released by Stiff Records , Number 1 in Portugal.

Apr 1983

Walk Away Renee single released by Stiff records.


Stars in the period drama The Starlight Ballroom, alongside Lyndsey De Paul, as  1940s dance band leader, Umberto Rossi for Granada TV.


I Feel Like Alvin Stardust album released.


I Feel Like Buddy Holly Single released. Written by Mike Batt and released on the Chrysalis Label

24 May 1984

Top Of The Pops broadcast: I Feel Like Buddy Holly.

26 May 1984

Appears on TV show Pop Quiz.

Oct 1984

I Won’t Runaway  single released.

15 Nov 1984

Top Of The Pops broadcast: I Won’t Run Away

29 Nov 1984

Top Of The Pops broadcast: I Won’t Run Away

Dec 1984

So Near To Christmas single released.


Compiles a collection of humorous horse and riding stories, written by Alvin, and with a forward by HRH Princess Anne, is published to raise funds for charity.


Got A Little Heartache single released.

13 Mar 1985

Was the subject of This Is Your Life programme.

01 Jun1985

Appears on the Kieth Harris Show.


Sleepless Nights single released.


Appear on Eurovision Song contest qualifying heat with The Clock On The Wall single.

 Dec 1985

Double pack released.


Hosts The Rock Gospel Show along side Shelia Walsh.


Recorded a duet with Shiela Walsh, I Hope & I Pray .


Jailhouse Rock single released by Magnet.


Receives the Music Business Diamond Award


National tour of the musical Godspell, playing Jesus.