Thursday, March 18, 2010
Alex Chilton RIP
(December 28, 1950 - March 17, 2010)
American pop-rock musician Alex Chilton, best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star, passed away Wednesday at the age of 59.
As lead singer for the Box Tops, Chilton enjoyed (at the age of 16) a number-one international hit, "The Letter."
In 1971 Chilton joined the power-pop group Big Star and recorded the song "In The Street" for Big Star's first album #1 Record, a track later known as the theme song of That '70s Show.
Alex would continue touring and recording as a solo artist from the late-1980s through the 1990s, and also added to his schedule concerts and recordings with the reunited Box Tops and a version of Big Star
Alex Chilton was taken to the hospital in New Orleans on March 17, 2010, complaining of health problems, and died the same day of a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Laura, and son, Timothy.