Alex Chilton Dead At 59 From An Apparent Heart Attack – Box Tops Singer For The Letter
(Best Syndication News) Singer, songwriter and musician Alex Chilton died in New Orleans after complaining of chest pains. On Wednesday he was taken to the hospital where he subsequently died from an apparent heart attack.
Chilton is best known as a singer for the 1967 Box Tops hit “The Letter” (see the video below), which at age 16 he led the group to the top of the charts (see the videos below). They went on to have a few more hits including "Cry Like a Baby" (1968) and "Soul Deep" (1969). With songs written by Penn, Moman, Spooner Oldham among others the group saw success. Oldham wrote “Cry Like a Baby” and “I’m Your Puppet”.
He was born on December 28, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee to a jazz musician named Sidney Chilton. While in high school he joined the The Devilles which was later renamed the Box Tops.
They amazed the rest of the school when they performed at the talent show. The Box Tops performed together until 1970 when the broke-up and decided to pursue their own independent careers.
It was difficult for any of them to top their initial success. Chilton moved to New York to work on his guitar and singing and formed the Big Star group with Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel.
Later Chilton went solo again and moved to New Orleans. He played with various bands as a solo artist.
“The Letter” was popular during the Vietnam War and is considered one of the 500 best songs of all time. It shot to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK singles chart charts in 1967. The song was written by Wayne Carson Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, and his son, Timothy. He was 59.
By; Julie Marcus