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Old 03-17-10, 10:22 PM
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Alex Chilton, dead at 59

Alex Chilton, the pop hitmaker, cult icon and Memphis rock iconoclast best known as a member of 1960s pop-soul act the Box Tops and the 1970s power-pop act Big Star, died Wednesday at a hospital in New Orleans.

The singer, songwriter and guitarist was 59.

“I’m crushed. We’re all just crushed,” said John Fry, owner of Memphis’ Ardent Studios and a longtime friend of Chilton’s. “This sudden death experience is never something that you’re prepared for. And yet it occurs.”

Chilton had been complaining about his health earlier Wednesday, Fry said. He was taken by paramedics from his home to the emergency room but could not be revived.

Chilton and Big Star had been scheduled to play Saturday as part of the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The band was also scheduled to play at the Levitt Shell in Memphis on May 15. It’s unknown what will happen to those shows.
More here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...-chilton-dies/

This is shaping up to be a tough year for music deaths. I had just been getting into Big Star lately. RIP.

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Old 03-18-10, 06:34 AM
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Wow! This is shocking and very sad. I feel like I've been kicked.
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Re: Alex Chilton, dead at 59

This thread beat you by 6 minutes

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/music-talk/...x-chilton.html

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