The news was confirmed by his daughter on Facebook. In a message on the Budgie fan page, she wrote: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley. He passed away this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his birth town. He was 71 years old”. Budgie were founded in 1967 by Shelley, Tony Bourge and Ray Phillips and went on to release 10 albums over an 11-year period.
Chris Meachen… Oh, that’s a damned shame. Had some great times with him & the band…
Clare Bennett… Sad
Huggy Leaver… Remember them being supported by the Pistols i think, great band, sad RIP
Allan Mitchell… This Is Really Sad News I Saw Them On Hastings Pier Early 80s A Great Man will Be Sorely Missed R.i.p Burke
Alan Esdaile… Sad news. All the band were really nice guys and should have been bigger than they were.
Iain Cobby… RIP Burke, great band and really underrated. saw them supporting Genesis on the Pier in the 70’s and bought the Album
Tracy Birrell… So sorry to hear. I saw them on Hastings Pier.