Alex Chilton died a coupla weeks ago. Don't recognize the name...? You certainly know¬†his songs--like "The Letter", with the BoxTops, from 1967. Or the Big Star tune "In the Streets"--the theme song for That 70's Show (re-recorded by Cheap Trick).¬† Alex was born in 1950 in Memphis--my ol' hometown..& that explains my "brush" with him.¬† When I was 10 years old, I would stay with my cuz John, who lived down the street from Bill Cunningham. Bill played bass in a garage band...& sometimes John & I would sneak out to watch em practice.¬† Turns out.. the garage band became the BoxTops...and with Alex, had an international hit with "The Letter" when they were all just teenagers, playing blue-eyed soul.¬† It was my first realization that folks in your neighborhood, could become ROCK STARS.¬† It was the first time I had SEEN someone that I HEARD on the radio...¬†¬† The BoxTops quickly drifted apart, and in the 70's Alex Chilton formed Big Star.¬† Tho I never personally was a big fan of Big Star,¬†they were¬†indie cult heroes. ¬†Alex certainly influenced countless bands in the 90's.¬† For me...he just showed that it was possible to move from your neighborhood garage, to the big stage.