Children by the million mourn for Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton has died. Wow. that one punched me right in the gut. There’s a great story of meeting Alex in the comments, you should go read that.

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  1. Donna Farmer 17.Mar.10 at 9:52 pm

    The first time I met Chilton, I was so moved I felt I should give him something as he’d given me so much. I took off my ring that spelled out ELVIS in rhinestones. I loved the thing and he looked puzzled, but it had to be done. Probably ended up in a trash can, but like Replacements, Al Green, and many others, those that make the music that etches into your life deserve a personal thanks.
    Thanks, Alex Chilton, you moved me.

  2. Jodi 17.Mar.10 at 9:54 pm

    That is an awesome story!

  3. Jay 18.Mar.10 at 2:19 am

    The place I work at was sponsoring the Big Star show in Austin this weekend. Very surreal.

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  5. Pam 18.Mar.10 at 6:51 pm

    I spent a cool evening with Alex in the early ’90s when he was playing a gig at the Knitting Factory in Soho. At that time the owners lived in a large apartment above the club & so did a friend of mine who worked for them. We stayed up most of the night talking, playing, enjoying cocktails, food & some herbal refreshment. I ended up falling asleep in the bedroom they kept for visiting artists. I woke up around noon with everyone gone except Alex, who was snoring lightly on the sofa in the great room. I thought this was a very sweet, gentlemanly thing to do, not kicking me out of his rightful bed. No diva he. I’ll always remember his kindness & wit.

  6. DOm 20.Mar.10 at 3:14 am

    So weird… Last night I listened to ‘Please to Meet Me’ all the way through for the first time in like, 5 years? Number 2, such a great tribute. Thank you Alex and thank you Westerberg, T. Stinson, C. Mars.

  7. erik 20.Mar.10 at 8:38 am

    a huge loss for the music world…Not to steal any thunder from this site, but there is some interesting info on “man without ties” page…a great comment/response from westerberg, news regarding Chilton, and an upcoming interview with Paul in Spin

  8. Al M 20.Mar.10 at 11:57 am

    When Chilton played First Avene in the early eighties, a friend of mine who drummed for that show let me in on a secret: CBS music put out a shitty little cassette called “60’s Top Vocal Greats (BT15880) in 1981 that had re-recorded version of old hits. The Box Tops are represented by The Letter and Cry Like A Baby, which Chilton sings in his 1981 voice. Not a tremendously inspired performance (as you could guess), but it was a cool find for a Big Star fan at the time.

    I was one of the lucky ones in that I heard about Radio City when it first came out via multiple positive articles in ‘Stereo Review’ of all places. Thank you Alex for turning my head around with your music.

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