A PETITION has been launched to get a Buzzcocks song to number one, following Pete Shelley’s death.

The Leigh-born musician, who fronted the Bolton-formed band, reportedly died aged 63, following a heart attack at his home in Estonia on Thursday.

He formed Buzzcocks at Bolton Institute of Technology in 1976, along with Howard Devoto.

His death was reported by his brother Gary McNeish on Facebook, who wrote: “This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away.”

A petition has now been launched to get the band’s 1978 hit ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)’ to number one.

The song was the band’s biggest hit, reaching number 12 in the charts.

It was covered numerous times, including by Fine Young Cannibals in 1987, which reached number nine.

The single was also introduced to a new generation when a version by Pete Yorn was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack in 2004.

The campaign has been created by graphic designer James Gillen, who is a huge fan of the band.

Explaining his reasons for starting the petition, Mr Gillen said: “It’s a classic track that should’ve been number one in 1978.

“It would be a brilliant tribute to Pete Shelley, who was a very talented songwriter.

“And the track is 40 years old, so it’s a great anniversary too.”

To help get the single to number one, download track 12 of Buzzcocks album ‘Ever Fallen in Love? Buzzcocks Finest’ on iTunes.

To sign the petition, visit: www.change.org/p/let-s-get-buzzcocks-ever-fallen-in-love-to-number-1-this-week-in-tribute-to-pete-shelley.