Posts Tagged ‘Death’

Alex Chilton in memoriam

March 18, 2010

Guitarist and songwriter Alex Chilton has passed away. According to Rolling Stone Magazine Chilton suffered a heart attack yesterday in New Orleans, just days before Big Star were scheduled to perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Chilton passed away at the age of 59.

Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950, Memphis, Tennessee – March 17, 2010 New Orleans) was best known for his work with the pop bands the Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton earned an early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops. Hit single The Letter, released in 1967, reached number one on he US Billboard and number five on the UK singles chart. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #363 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

After breaking up the Box Tops in 1970 and returning to Memphis Big Star was formed a year later with guitarist/co-songwriter Chris Bell, drummer Jody Stephens and bassist Andy Hummel.

They soon became one of the most influential rock groups to emerge from the early 1970s, blending power pop with the sound of the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Big Star were critically acclaimed but largely ignored commercially.

They were a big influence on bands as R.E.M., The Replacements and The Posies. The band released three albums, 1972’s #1 Record, 1974’s Radio City and 1978’s dark but beautiful Third/Sister Lovers all placed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Classic tracks “Thirteen” and “September Gurls” both made the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Chilton is forever a musical icon. Artists as diverse as Beck, Wilco, Elliott Smith, R.E.M., Cheap Trick, Jeff Buckley, Whiskeytown and Håkan Hellström have covered Big Star’s songs.

The Replacements wrote the song Alex Chilton in his honor, for their 1987 album Pleased to Meet Me.

Rest in Peace, Alex.

Teddy Pendergrass has passed away after long illness

January 14, 2010

Teddy Pendergrass died January 13th in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months for cancer surgery.

Teddy Pendergrass started singing gospel music in Philadelphia churches as a child. By his late teens, Pendergrass was the drummer for local vocal group the Cadillacs, and in the late ’60s, the Cadillacs merged with more established group, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. In 1970, when the Blue Notes broke up, Harold Melvin asked him to take the lead singer spot. Beginning with “I Miss You,” a steady stream of hit singles flowed from the collaboration of Pendergrass and Gamble & Huff: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” …

… ” “The Love I Lost,” “Bad Luck,” “Wake Up Everybody”, and two gold albums, To Be True and Wake Up Everybody.

However, friction soon developed between Melvin and Pendergrass due to that Pendergrass felt that he wasn’t getting enough recognition. Around 1976, Pendergrass left Melvin’s Blue Notes and formed his own Blue Notes, featuring Teddy Pendergrass. Eventhough, Pendergrass was continuously very successful with several gold or platinum albums, our favourite era of his career came to an and at this time. Wake up Everybody is the absolute peak and a blazing milestone in the history of r&b and Philly soul.

Rest in peace, Teddy. We’ll miss you, miss you, miss you…

Rocker Jay Reatard found dead at his Memphis home

January 14, 2010

Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard has died at the age of 29, Reatard’s label Matador Records has confirmed. Reatard died January 13th at 3.30 am in his sleep according to Rolling Stone.

“We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, aka Jay Reatard,” record label Matador comments in a statement. “We’re honoured to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.”

Reatard released the critically acclaimed album Watch Me Fall last year. In addition, he had worked with Beck, The Pixies and Sonic Youth.

Speculations over cause of death are probable to follow.

Rest in peace, Jay.