Alex Chilton RIP

From our friend Ron Wells……
William Alexander Chilton  Dec. 28, 1950- March 17, 2010
As a kid, I played the 45 of The Letter, with the blue Mala label, until the grooves refused to play any more.
Wayne Carson Thompson may have written The Letter, but it was Alex Chilton’s longing, desperation, and gritty euphoria that sold the song, just as he did on Cry Like  A Baby, Soul Deep, and Carson’s magnificent Neon Rainbow. Great pop songs, one and all, made all that much better by Alex Chilton.
Chilton would go on to form Big Star and influence The Replacements, REM and numerous other indie bands.
Another day, another rock legend gone, another memory spinning at 45 RPM forever in my mind and heart.
The Letter:
Rest in Peace, Alex Chilton

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2 Responses to “Alex Chilton RIP”

  1. TheBestSpinner Says:

    March 27th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Really cool post. I do agree with almost everything you talked about, but not quite all of it. Let’s say I agree to disagree on a few points. Good stuff though.

  2. Elmer Lampron Says:

    April 24th, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Hello…I love indie-rock stuff. I just discovered Sorry Ok Yes, an alternative-rock duo from Milan.these guys are great! i wonder why they don’t have that many plays… Sorry Ok Yes – Self Reliant