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Memphis music legend remembered with guitar auction

David Davies 30 September 2010

A guitar signed by a host of star performers during a tribute concert held days after the death of Alex Chilton (pictured here, right) is being auctioned off to benefit the Big Star founder’s family.

Chilton – who was also associated with the Box Tops – was due to perform with the rest of Big Star at the South by Southwest music festival in March this year. Three days prior to the show, he died suddenly from a heart attack, aged just 59. The planned concert went ahead, however, with guests including Evan Dando and REM’s Mike Mills performing an emotional tribute to Chilton and his work, which included at least two seminal albums (1972’s #1 Record and 1978’s Third/Sister Lovers).

Shortly after this event, a further concert took place at Memphis’s historic Overton Park Shell, now known as Levitt Shell. Accompanied by guests including Sondre Lerche and Amy Speace, Big Star played a host of much-loved songs from their four studio albums, all recorded at Memphis’s Ardent Studios.

Backstage, locally-based St. Blues Guitars had all the performers sign a Bluesmaster guitar that is now being auctioned on eBay. Fans of Chilton’s work and his contribution to US music are encouraged to bid for the guitar here. The auction closes at 11:05 AM PDT on 3 October, and all proceeds will be donated to the musician’s surviving family.

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