Thursday, March 18, 2010
ALEX CHILTON, REST IN PEACE
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Alex Chilton, a great rock singer, songwriter, guitar player and leader of The Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's gravelly soulful voice far exceeded his years, and he recorded the international hits "The Letter" and "Soul Deep" when he was only sixteen years old. He later went on to become a pop cult favorite who influenced a wide range of bands from REM to the Simpletones. The Replacements even wrote a song about him.
"Children by the million / Sing for Alex Chilton / When he comes 'round / They sing, 'I'm in love / What's that song? / I'm in love with that song.'"
So long, Alex.