Looks like the influential leader of Big Star has died of a heart attack. He was 59.
Here’s an excerpt from the L.A. Times obit.
Alex Chilton, the mercurial leader of the Box Tops and Big Star who burst from the Memphis music scene in 1967 singing “The Letter” in the smoke-gravel voice of a grizzled soul man even though he was just 16 at the time, has died. He was 59.
Big Star was scheduled to play a reunion performance Saturday. John Fry, owner of the Ardent Studio in Memphis where Chilton recorded with the Box Tops and Big Star, said Thursday that the other band members had decided to proceed with the show as a tribute to Chilton.
“You can’t throw a rock at South By Southwest,” Fry said, “without hitting someone who was influenced by Big Star.”