Pete Shelley

  • Born: April 17, 1955
  • Died: December 6, 2018
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Pete Shelley

Singer-songwriter for punk legends the Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley (1955 – 2018) was the lead singer of the highly influential punk band the Buzzcocks. He died from a heart attack at the age of 63 at his home in Estonia. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

A truly great singer and person, I was a 16 year old punk in 1978 and Pete got myself and my friend in on the "Guest list" at a gig in London, as we had no money. A real punk, a real man. No more can be said. Nick G Basingstoke

Posted by Nick Gorringe - Thatcham - Acquaintance   August 08, 2019

I was 24 years old in 1978. Moved to Denver Colorado from New York City. I can't tell you how much time I spent driving around Colorado listening to the Buzzcocks. Countless hours. Ever since 1977-78 Buzzcocks have remained second favorite of all time only tied with the Doors for the number two spot and number one was always the Beatles. That hasn't changed for decades. And I still regularly listen to All of Pete Shelley solo albums . As far as I'm concerned not an average song on any one of them. All worthwhile and enjoyable. Over the past 15-20 years I would tell friends and family that were into music that the Buzzcocks are the only band I know from the sixties and seventies that were still making albums that could actually write songs that I felt were as good or better than their original stuff that made them famous. I love music but I can't think of any other bands from decades ago that is still around that I could say that about. I love the band and I love Pete Shelley and I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family and friends but we are going to have such wonderful memories of him. All happy ones of course.

Posted by Steven Singer - Los Angeles, CA - friend   April 04, 2019

One of the all time greats of the music business and such a true gentleman. His music will live on forever

Posted by Phil W - Liverpool - friend   February 16, 2019

Such a shame pete was a legend a true gentleman i seen him play live with the buzzcocks always a great show and always had time for his fans he will be missed a true legend god bless

Posted by Andrew Aplin - Exeter, BC - acquaintance   January 12, 2019

The Buzzcocks were indeed an influential punk band, and Shelley had a great voice. He is now a pleasure memory for those who appreciated him. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May the peace and comfort form our Heavenly Father helps you endure this moments of grief - Psalms 9:9.

Posted by M.E. - FL   January 03, 2019

Condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May you receive comfort from good memories of your loved one

Posted by Mildred - IL   December 31, 2018

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Shelley family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by CF    December 28, 2018

Looking back on life is such a retrospective thing.........
What I believe in........
One of the greatest songwriters that ever lived. He influenced my song writing more than any one else in the world ever since Spiral Scratch

Posted by Michael Desjardins - Chicago, IL - student   December 26, 2018

May the God of peace bring comfort to the Shelley family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by CF    December 25, 2018

Mr. Shelley's music changed the lives of many. Some of us never brave enough to follow the lessons of the lyrics.
It all "Seems so real I can see it...and it seems so real I can feel why can't I touch it?" The closest one will ever be to true love. Fond memories of Pete, his music and lyrics weaving it's way into my emotional synesthesia existence.

Posted by T Wagner - IN   December 25, 2018

Thanks for all the great music. Still listening to you everyday, always will.

Posted by Matt - NC   December 24, 2018

My condolences go to his family and friends. Look to the God of all comfort. 1Cor 1:3

Posted by A friend   December 24, 2018

I am incredibly sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences. May you always cherish the memories that you've had with your loved one. Remember God's promise at Jeremiah 29:11,12 this will give the family the comfort they all need during this time of grief.

Posted by A friend   December 24, 2018

My sympathy the family. Mr. Shelley will be missed sadly. Strength and courage.

Posted by - MI   December 23, 2018

May OUR Heavenly Father who sees your pain of hearts tears give you the needed strength to endure during this most difficult time. Isaih25:8.

Posted by share    December 22, 2018

Only Us. (Pete Shelley R.I.P)

I see the distant scene so clearly
The music that filled my heart;
We were wild with youth and freedom
Only time still keeping us apart.

I see the city streets of always
The music flowing through my hair;
We were untouched and innocent
Only time would ever dare to care.

I see the summer Sun so clearly
The music that filled my days;
We ran so swiftly and passionate
Only time could count the ways.

I see the crying colours so clearly
The music that filled my mind;
Soaked with sweat and happiness
Only time has now left us behind.

Copyright Peter Davies. 2018

Posted by Peter Davies    December 21, 2018

I came to Pete's music late in my life, but I'm so glad I found it. He was truly one of the leading lights of pop music in the last fifty years. There will never be another sound like his. I think Pete Shelley was given to us so that we could hear a sound, a pattern, a type of song that no one but him could give to us. That is the blessing of his life, and that is what I will take with me for the rest of mine. He was great, and we all love him and will always miss him. God Bless You, Pete. May you make music forever with God in Heaven.

Posted by Joseph Pedulla - Monroe Township, NJ   December 19, 2018

My first punk experience "Are everything" will live forever!

Posted by Dan - Atlanta, GA   December 19, 2018

May the God of comfort ease your sufferings and bring you peace in the days ahead and may those around you give you the strength to endure. Please accept my deepest condolences...Laura, N.Y.

Posted by A friend   December 18, 2018

May God bless the family with comfort and strength at this time of sorrow.

Posted by Wilson    December 18, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   December 17, 2018

Gone far too soon. Devastating loss; Pete still had much to give. Condolences to Steve and the family.

Posted by Miles - Calgary, AB - friend   December 17, 2018

all time hero and what a band. the soundtrack of my teen years. grew up listening and will continue to listen to the music of the buzzcocks. thanks for influencing my life with your music, col

Posted by colin ellis - Doncaster - student   December 15, 2018

A great friend who will be sadly missed

Posted by Mark R - Wigan - friend   December 15, 2018

Thank you Pete for contributing such marvellous tunes to the world. R.I.P.

Posted by Kees van den Bos - Monster - acquaintance   December 15, 2018


Our deepest sympathies during this time

Posted by Mark Aulenbacher - Erie, PA   December 13, 2018

I kow the family will ruly miss Pete . I am sure he was a beautiful person inside and out. May God's loyal love give yo the confort you need at this sorrow full time and also give you the strength to endure. Psalms 119:76


Posted by Angie    December 13, 2018

Pete. Loved you since 76. Still listening to your music now and always will. Thank you for changing my life.

Posted by Andrew Carter - Manchester - friend   December 13, 2018


Bless you

Posted by A friend   December 12, 2018

one of the seminal songwriters in British rock. RIP to a hero, a legend, a father.

Posted by A friend   December 12, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Pete.

Posted by A friend   December 12, 2018

Condolences to the family and group. Such a young age to die. May he now rest in peace.. ,

Posted by Jay Jones - Charlotte, NC   December 12, 2018

So deeply sorry about your loss. May the God of all comfort grant you strength and courage in this difficult time. Mr. Shelley will be missed dearly.

Posted by - MI   December 11, 2018

May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.

Posted by Stacy    December 11, 2018

Sorry for your loss

Posted by A friend   December 11, 2018

Sorry for your loss. It looks like your loved one touched many

Posted by A friend   December 11, 2018

Posted by Jenell Lopez    December 10, 2018

Wishing peace.

Posted by Amy L Charles - Grand Rapids, MI   December 10, 2018

My Condolences to the family and friends,fans.

Posted by HALE.O    December 10, 2018

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by RC. - IL   December 10, 2018

Condolences to Petes family and fans.

Posted by A friend   December 10, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of one of the greatest pop song writers of my generation. I interviewed Peter in the US during there Promotion of ,Modern I was told to meet Shelley at the tour bus and was invited in. I remember waiting patiently and was told Pete was finishing watching a football match and he would be meeting me soon. In 10 minutes he finally came out with a smile,we talked about the new album and his early work until he said, sorry mate got to get back to the game. Classic! My thoughts and prayers for the family and band.
Robb Noxious

Posted by Robb Noxious - Santa Monica, CA - friend   December 10, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to all of Pete Shelley's family, friends and members of the band. We will miss Pete terribly. You ''Are Everything''

Posted by Guy-Paul Mitchell-Dwelly - Crowthorne, TN - friend   December 10, 2018


Posted by Ann Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   December 10, 2018

Hello Pete.
Brian Fletcher here.
I will always love you.
See you soon.
Love lives forever.

Posted by Brian Fletcher - Manchester UK   December 10, 2018

My sympathies to Mr Shelley's loved ones. His memorable talent will live on. The Homosapien album cover has hung in every home I've had since the album came out. Rock the Galaxy now, Pete. Thanks for your many gifts.

Posted by Carol Hansen - Oakdale, NY   December 09, 2018

Pete will live on in the memories and love of his many grief-stricken admirers and friends. We will miss him so much.

Posted by Jeff Nibert - Pleasanton, CA   December 09, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2018


I'm sorry to learn about the passing of Pete Shelley.... absolutely love the Buzzcocks. Rest in Peace. Heartfelt condolences to the Family and Friends......

Posted by ~Jane - CA   December 09, 2018

Music goes all the waý back,to Bible times. So I know you will miss Mr. Shelley, who wrote and played music. My condolences to his family and friends. 2 chronicles 5:12,13

Posted by Arleen Vanhook - Joliet, IL   December 08, 2018


So sad to learn of Pete's passing RIP Pete Shelley. Loved you and your music and will listen forever

Posted by Mitch Smith - Mullica hill, NJ   December 08, 2018

I loved Pete Shelley and the Buzzcocks. Being a fan in NJ wasn't easy. Only a handful of us ever knew of the band. Pete wrote the best song if you were a victim of unrequited love and I sure was.RIP Pete. Condolences to Steve Garve. John mAher and Steve Diggle his band mates long live the Buzzcocks

Posted by Mitchell Smith - Mullica hill, NJ   December 08, 2018


Godspeed Pete, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   December 08, 2018

Having a pleasant conversation with Pete after a Buzzcocks show at Maxwells in Hoboken was a highlight of my life. Pete telling his road manager to go away "I'm having a conversation" made all that much sweeter. Pete was a great performer and, at least to me, a regular guy without a pretense to being a "star" like so many in the industry. RIP Pete.

Posted by Scott Peters - Brick, NJ   December 08, 2018

I met Pete at the Ranch Bar. He gave me one of the first copies of Spiral Scratch. We had some mad times back then. He was funny, thoughtful, talented and much more. See you in the next realm.

Posted by Debbie Sharpe - Manchester - acquaintance   December 08, 2018

Posted by Scott Peters - Brick, NJ   December 08, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Your music has influenced so many, even artists I listen to today. Thank you for all youve done.

Posted by Jasmine Cooper - West Orange, NJ   December 08, 2018

Condolences to the entire family. May the sadness which you experience now be comforted by great fond memories. May the loyal love of Almighty God be with you all.

Posted by Olevia    December 08, 2018

I don't know what to do with my life... Thanks for the great tunes. Rock in peace.

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by CW    December 08, 2018


Posted by Ann Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   December 08, 2018


Rest in Peace Pete.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   December 08, 2018

May happy memories of joyful times together bring your family some comfort and peace of mind.

Stockbridge Ga

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2018

Pete & the Buzzcocks were so much a part of my youth. Saw them so many times in Manchester & just loved the raw energy in those wonderful three minute songs. RIP Pete x

Posted by Carol Morris - Manchester   December 07, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2018

A truly nice man who was a great talent and a nice rock star!

Posted by Peter Oldrid - Raynham, MA - friend   December 07, 2018

My sincere condolence to the family and friends during this time of grief. Really sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2018

Family Album

Pete Shelley