Friday 19 March 2010

Alex Chilton, RIP.

I don't know a great deal of Alex Chilton music - but this song, 'The Ballad Of El Goodo' from him and his band BIG STAR, is one of my favorite songs.

Care to share?


  1. Another part of my past leaves us. Alex stayed true to his music, even during the lean years. I remember a New York Times article in the 1980's talking about Chilton, then working as a dishwasher in a restaurant to make ends meet.

    You'd think the royalties from "The Letter" and "Cry Like A Baby"- staples of the oldies library- would have provided some kind of steady income in those days.

    Even so, he never stopped recording and performing, with reunions of Big Star and The Box Tops, plus some solo stuff.

    His epitaph should read "Alex Chilton- 1950-2010...He Never Sold Out".

  2. I am unfamiliar with his work, but that's certainly a nice song.

  3. Hugh, thank you so much for writing that. That's really moving.

  4. I disagree with the epitaph, it should read:

    Alex Chilton 1950 -- 2010
    "Thank You Friends"