Alex Chilton, R.I.P.
Sad news coming out of Memphis tonight, the legendary Alex Chilton died today of an apparent heart attack. Chilton, currently fronting his band Big Star, was 59 years old. The Memphis native was the gruff-voiced teenager who sang with the Box Tops in the 1960s, and fronted the power-pop rockers Big Star in the 1970s. Chilton sang and wrote some of Big Star’s best-remembered songs, like “In The Street” (heard over the opening credits of “That ’70s Show”) and “September Gurls.”
Big Star was scheduled to play a Saturday night showcase at the SXSW music festival in Austin. Now there might be some sort of tribute to the fallen lead singer.
YouTube: “In The Street” by Big Star