Got the sad news today that the gorgeous lead singer of The Box Tops died suddenly at 59. Alex and The Box Tops were some of my favorite 45 records. Cry Like a Baby being my favorite though The Letter was the top seller. Loved his face and that voice.... I think that song was on the radio on my first date with a cute bass player from like 1971.
Alex Chilton, the pop hit maker, cult icon and Memphis rock iconoclast best known as a member of 1960s pop-soul act the Box Tops and the 1970s power-pop act Big Star, died Wednesday at a hospital in New Orleans. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was 59.
The Memphis-born Chilton rose to prominence at age 16 when his gruff vocals powered the massive Box Tops hit "The Letter," as well as "Cry Like a Baby" and "Neon Rainbow."