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Alex Chilton (Big Star) dies


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Singer and guitarist Alex Chilton, known for his influential work with bands the Box Tops and Big Star, has died. He was 59.

Chilton's longtime friend John Fry says that Chilton died Wednesday at a hospital in New Orleans after experiencing what appeared to be heart problems.

Fry, the owner of Memphis-based Ardent Studios, says he has spoken to Chilton's wife and that she's very distressed. Fry said: "It was just a sudden and unexpected event."

Chilton had been scheduled to perform with Big Star on Saturday at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The festival's creative director, Brent Grulke, says Chilton's gift for melody was second to none.

Gulke says: "Alex Chilton always messed with your head, charming and amazing you while doing so."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/03/17/entertainment/e203911D42.DTL#ixzz0iUr3eufu

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I haven't listen to much Big Star in awhile - but back when I first moved to daytona, I didn't know anyone and I didn't have a tv, so after I got off from work I would throw on, #1 Record, and smoke bowl after bowl, until I got lost in the music.

RIP Alex and thanks for those awesome times.

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I know he's one of those "musician namedrop names to sound like the coolest guy in the room" but by far, a major loss. Felt like has underrated but I might be wrong.

Of course, keeping it GNR relevant, as Tommy IS a member of GNR - HAVE to start with The 'Mats.

Cheap Trick covered "On The Street" for "That 70s Show"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpwOYiL_zRg

"September Gurls", which was covered by The Bangles and others,,,,

And when he was 16, had 2 hits with The Box Tops, "Cry Like a Baby" and "The Letter".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVY691ObVJE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD9mCp8SifM&feature=related

"Kangaroo" has also been covered a lot, Jeff Buckley's cover is prob the one most are familiar with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-7YvAC3j9g

Also collaborated with Alan from Suicide and produced some of the Cramps classics.

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