Buzzcocks co-founder Pete Shelley dead at 63

Pete Shelley

On Thursday, the band confirmed "with great sadness" his death and called him "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters".

Lead singer of one of punk's most influential bands Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks has died.

The Buzzcocks were known for their 1970s hit song "Ever Fallen In Love".

Tributes have been paid to Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley, who has died aged 63.

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Shelley, whose real name was Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in the English town of Leigh in 1955.

Pete Shelley of groundbreaking United Kingdom punk band Buzzcocks has died, reports the BBC. They were the first punk band to have their own record label, releasing debut EP Spiral Scratch on New Hormones. Following the band's breakup, Shelley released a string of solo albums, including 1981's Homosapien and 1983's XL1. The group opened the Sex Pistols' second Manchester concert ever, in July of 1976.

The Buzzcocks, with Steve Diggle (L), Pete Shelley, Steve Garvey and Danny Farrant (rear) perform at "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on July 24, 2006, in Los Angeles.

"The Buzzcocks were inspired by the Sex Pistols' energy, yet they didn't copy the Pistols' angry political stance", he wrote in AllMusic. Buzzcocks management informed BBC of Shelley's death earlier today (Dec. 6). The band released 10 studio albums and toured extensively.

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