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Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk band Buzzcocks, dies at 63

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Image copyright Getty Images The Manchester gigs inspired a generation of bands from the city and Buzzcocks went on to support the Pistols on their 1976 Anarchy tour.

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Pete Shelley, the lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks, has died aged 63, his bandmates have said.

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Image copyright Getty Images The record proved hugely popular and Buzzcocks' stock rose even as Devoto quit the group, leaving Shelley to take over lead vocals.

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

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Peter Hook, the bassist in the former band and, later, in New Order, said Shelley was a “true gent” after the news of his death broke on Thursday.

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Weeks after forming the band, Shelley and Devoto travelled nearly 200 miles in a borrowed car to see the Sex Pistols play and eventually convinced the latter band’s manager, Malcolm McLaren, to let them play on the same bill in return for organising a gig for the Sex Pistols in Manchester.

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Image copyright Getty Images The band had released its final LP, The Way, in 2014.

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Shelley wrote the band’s most famous song Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), which was released in 1978 – about two years after Buzzcocks’ formation.

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Image copyright Getty Images Shelley pursued a solo career, introducing more experimental electronic music into his repertoire, and had a club hit with Homosapien.

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