Originally posted by Jody Callahan and Bob MehrThe singer and guitarist, best known as a member of '60s pop-soul act the Box Tops and the '70s power-pop act Big Star, died today at a hospital in New Orleans. Chilton, 59, had been complaining of about his health earlier today. He was taken by paramedics to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.
His Big Star bandmate Jody Stephens confirmed the news this evening. "Alex passed away a couple of hours ago," Stephens said from Austin, Texas, where the band was to play Saturday at the annual South By Southwest Festival. "I don’t have a lot of particulars, but they kind of suspect that it was a heart attack."
If you don't have "#1 Record/Radio City", you should. Or at least the Replacements album "Pleased to Meet Me".
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Yeah, those two Big Star albums are absolutely great. And some of the Box Tops stuff was just as great in its own way.
I know Alex went through some really troubled times, especially in the late 70s/early 80s, but he seemed to have gotten through it. I saw him live twice--once with the reunited Box Tops, once with the reconstituted Big Star--and he looked and sounded great and seemed to be having a blast. I hope so. He certainly deserved to enjoy himself for all the joy his music gave to us fans.
He didn't die in Memphis and no it isn't cool. R.I.P.
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