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Alex Chilton dies at 59; mercurial leader of the Box Tops, Big Star

Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) , right, poses with his Big Star bandmates, from left, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel, in 1972. Like the Velvet Underground, Big Star's influence developed well after the band no longer existed, influencing acts from R.E.M. and the Posies to the Bangles and Teenage Fanclub. (Charlie Gillett Collection)

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The Box Tops "The Letter" (1967) : Alex Chilton wasn't even old enough to have a driver's license when he sang the lead vocals on the Box Tops' debut single, but his gruff lead is a really soulful vocals.

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Check out this blurb from Uncut Magazine about some previously unreleased live Alex Chilton tracks to be released by Bar None Records.