RIP: Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star)

Last night the world lost a musical giant in singer/guitarist Alex Chilton. Best remembered for his work in Box Tops in the 60′s and then Big Star in the 70′s, Chilton influenced generations of important musicians after him including REM, The Replacements, Elliott Smith, Evan Dando and Wilco. Chilton, who was only 59, died of an apparent heart attack and is survived by his wife and son.  In recent years, Chilton had still been performing occasionally and was scheduled to play with Big Star at SXSW on Saturday.