Alex Chilton has died

Alex Chilton, the brilliant and hugely influential singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Big Star and The Box Tops, died today. He surely will be missed. I shot this picture in 1999, where Chilton was performing with a newly formed Big Star. Bob Mehr reports on the terrible news in Memphis’s Commercial Appeal (Bob had recently written liner notes for the Big Star box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky).

Jay Reatard found dead

Jay Reatard in Memphis in June, 2008. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Awful news from Memphis.

Memphis musician Jimmy Jay Lindsey Jr., better known as Jay Reatard, was found dead in his Midtown home this morning, according to family and friends. He was 29.

Memphis police have opened a death investigation, spokesman Jennifer Robinson said. Lindsey was found around 3:30 a.m. at his home, Robinson said.

“Yeah, it’s true,” said Alicja Trout, a friend and former bandmate. “I don’t know much about it yet, because I haven’t been able to get in touch with the police.”

— Jody Callahan, Commercial Appeal