...won't be noting the passing of Alex Chilton, of Box Tops fame, and Big Star fame (such as it is). But I wanted to drop a quick note noting it. As any good music snob knows, Big Star never sold many records, but were tremendously influential on some of the best music of the 80s and 90s (especially acts like REM). And, perhaps my favorite Replacements song is named after him (link is Paul Westerburg solo).
Couple of links to Big Star songs via YouTube:
Back of a Car
And, with the Box Tops...
The sad thing is that Alex Chilton and a new version of Big Star was set to play at South by Southwest in Austin this year.