Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist of '70s rock band Big Star died last night in New Orleans at age 59. The cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack, and Big Star was set to play at this year's SXSW.
The band is cemented in history as a highly influential with a cult following. While they may not be a household name, they continuously make notable lists of top albums/songs of all time, including Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. They've been covered by the likes of The Posies, Wilco, Whiskeytown, and the Valley's own Gin Blossoms. They've also received numerous nods from those in the industry, including R.E.M., and The Replacements who penned the lyrics, I never travel far, without a little Big Star.
The rock world laments his loss.
More music news after the jump...
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Phoenix New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
ElectricMustache: Free Mix from Jared Allen
Idolator: Incarcerated Lil Wayne Still Stirring Up Trouble
NME: Man Thrown Off Train for Writing Killers Song Titles on List
Pitchfork: SXSW Wed: Spoon, Flying Lotus, Chew Lips, Beaches
Stereogum: Learn Guitar from The Polyphonic Spree