The rock singer Alex Chilton died at the age of 59. Here is all you want to know and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Influential lead singer of the groups Big Star and The Box Tops. He is known for his major influence on indie and alternative rock groups that followed.
He was recruited by a local band in 1966 after the rapturous reception to his performance at Memphis’ Central High School’s talent show.
His song In the Street was covered by Cheap Trick and used as the theme song for the sitcom That 70’s Show.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, and his son, Timothy.
Among his famous fans is R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who played in a tribute concert to Chilton in 2010.
How did Alex Chilton die?
Chilton was taken to a hospital in New Orleans on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, complaining of health problems, and died the same day of a heart attack.
"I guess that my life has been a series of flukes in the record business. The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I'll ever have."Alex Chilton
"I spent a few years here in Memphis, in the late '70s and early '80s, where I was studying a lot of country blues players and their styles. So it seems like every record I'll do, I will appropriate these blues styles that I remember."Alex Chilton
"The more alone I am, the more focused I can get. I've written things with people, some of which I liked and others I think are total travesties. Collaborating is trying to make a piece of music and get someone else to come up with the ideas. What's the fun of that?"Alex Chilton
"If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out. If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction."Alex Chilton
"I never thought of myself as being a good songwriter. There are a ton of other people that are good songwriters, but I don't think I'm in the club. What I do well is perform, sometimes sing pretty good, and accompany myself well and arrange fairly well."Alex Chilton