Alex Chilton 1950-2010 RIP Big Star

by The Editor

Singer and guitarist Alex Chilton, who topped the charts as a teen
with "The Letter" and later became a cult hero with Big Star, died
Wednesday. He was 59.

Chilton died at a hospital in New Orleans after experiencing what
appeared to be heart problems, said his longtime friend John Fry.

Chilton was the gravel-voiced teenage singer for the pop-soul outfit
the Box Tops, whose 1967 hit "The Letter" opened with the line "Gimme
a ticket for an aeroplane ..." Their other hits were "Soul Deep" and
"Cry Like a Baby." Chilton grew up in Memphis, Tenn., and formed the
band with friends from school.