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The 7 - Music - Alex Chilton missing in New Orleans
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Peter The Hegemon
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#1 Posted on 4.9.05 1803.48
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Alex Chilton, lead singer of the 60s hitmakers The Box Tops and the 70s power-pop legends Big Star, apparently was in New Orleans when the flood hit and has not been heard from since. This seems to have gotten very little attention--Google News only turns up a couple of small stories, and even has some stories posted since the flooding that only discuss forthcoming new Big Star album and don't mention his whereabouts at all.

Has anyone heard anything more? I've seen Chilton live a couple of times, and I'm a big fan. He's just one guy in a huge city, but, still, I really hope he's OK (of course, I hope everyone else is OK, too.)

Among other music figures, Fats Domino was rescued on Monday, and Irma Thomas made it to Baton Rouge, but the great songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint ("Working In The Coal Mine", "Mother In Law") was last seen at the Superdome. Hopefully he made it out alive as well.
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#2 Posted on 4.9.05 2024.13
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One of the best songs by one of the best bands ever in tribute to Mr. Chilton . . .

http://www.lyricsdepot.com/the-replacements/alex-chilton.html

"If he was from Venus, would he feed us with a spoon?
If he was from Mars, wouldn't that be cool?
Standing right on campus, would he stamp us in a file?
Hangin' down in Memphis all the while.

(chorus

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.

Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
Checkin' his stash by the trash at St. Mark's place.

(chorus)

I never travel far, without a little Big Star

Runnin' 'round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards.
Falling asleep with a flop pop video on.
If he was from Venus, would he meet us on the moon?
If he died in Memphis, then that'd be cool, babe.

(chorus) "

Let's hope he's okay.
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#3 Posted on 5.9.05 1743.44
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The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Alex was picked up by the Coast Guard and taken to Houston. Online posts from people in the know indicate he's OK, thankfully. Good news indeed.
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