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Alex Chilton
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    (December 28, 1950-March 17, 2010)
    Born William Alexander Chilton
    Best known for his work with The Box Tops (1967-1970), Big Star (1971-1975), and Tav Falco's Panther Burns (1979-1984)
    Solo albums include ‘Like Flies on Sherbert (1979),' ‘Bach's Bottom (1981),' ‘Feudalist Tarts (1985),' ‘High Priest (1987),' ‘A Man Called Destruction (1995),' ‘Cubist's Blues (1997),' and ‘Loose Shoes and Tight Pussy (1999)'
    Although, with Big Star his recordings were critically acclaimed the sold poorly.
    He left the music scene when Big Star's record label refused to release their third album 'Sister Lovers' due to disappointing sales from their second album 'Radio City' (The album was finally released in the late 1970's).
    His solo career was very erratic as he recorded for small independent labels.
    He was an alcoholic.
    He quit drinking (1982).
    During the early 1980's he took on menial work as a dishwasher and a lumberjack in order to clean up his act.
    He produced The Cramps first album ‘Songs That the Lord Taught Us.'
    Despite his spotty musical career, he is considered to be a cult idol for bands like The DB's, REM, The Violent Femmes. The Soft Boys, The Posies, and Teeenage Fanclub.
    The Bangles, The Replacements, This Mortal Coil, and The Nomads cover his tunes.
    The Replacements wrote the song ‘Alex Chilton' (from the album ‘Please to Meet Me') in honor of him.
    Producers of ‘That 70's Show' used Big Star's ‘In the Street' as their theme song (1998).

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