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Very Rare 1971 Footage Of A Music Icon From Memphis


This is such a great find! Earlier this year a music giant passed and while many of the younger generation never heard of him, those in the music business knew how truly special and prolific he was. His passing went pretty much unnoticed by the mainstream press. He passed in New Orleans from a heart attack at age 59.


Alex Chilton was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer, best known as the lead singer of the Box Tops and Big Star.

As lead singer for the Box Tops, Chilton enjoyed at the age of 16 a number-one international hit, “The Letter.”  The video for The Letter is at the bottom. For those of you who aren’t sure who Alex was, this will immediately help you remember him when you see and hear this song.



FOOTNOTE: The winner of this years American Idol: Lee Dewyze sang The Letter on his way to win the top prize.  Here is his take of a soulful version. Surprise,  Simon did not like it.

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7 Comments for “Very Rare 1971 Footage Of A Music Icon From Memphis”

  1. ann

    I didn’t know who Alex Chilton was but like you said remembered as soon as I heard the song. I have to say I’m with Simon. I didn’t like Lee’s version either. Not that he doesn’t have a good voice I just didn’t care for his take on it. If he had sung it exactly the way the original was done I may have liked it better.

  2. Haven’t heard of Alex Chilton until now. He surely was a passionate singer- a nice performer.

    I was not able to make a constant follow with American Idol this year but I was able to see the last few episodes. Well I’m sorry for Lee Dewyze’s fans but I don’t find him impressive. He sometimes misses some notes and couldn’t sustain the melody based on what I’ve seen in some of his performances. Not to compare but he couldn’t match David Cook and Chris Daughtry. No offense to “Lee fanatics”. I’m simply stating my opinion objectively.

  3. Yes he was great. he had a fabulous voice and left us much to soon.

  4. Do you know how I know who Alex Chilton is? From the Replacements song! Do you know that one?Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round. They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”

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  6. D

    OMG…this certainly doe take me down memory lane. My brother started a band when the Beatles were hot…they had the Beatles hair cut and all. This song was one of their biggest request…so totally a welcome memory.
    Many thanks and huggs Glenn ~

  7. Jon

    Whenever I hear the word Memphis I do think of the king, Elvis. I wonder what sort of crowd he would pull today, if he were still alive? Silly question, I know!

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