Singer/Songwriter Alex Chilton Dies at 59

Singer/songwriter Alex Chilton, a Memphis music legend, passed away in New Orleans this week of a heart attack at the age of 59. Alex Chilton may not be a familiar name to you, but his music career spanned more than 40 years and he left his mark on countless other musicians. His father Sidney Chilton was a jazz musician, so music was in his blood. Chilton joined the band The Devilles as a teen in 1966. The band was soon renamed the Box Tops and when Chilton was only 16 years old, they had a number one hit with “The … Continue reading

In Memoriam 2008

Another year is coming to an end and of course, we’ve lost some iconic names in pop culture. Here are some of the people that passed away in 2008: January 11 – Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, 88 15 – Actor Brad Renfro (The Client, Apt Pupil, 25, of an accidental drug overdose 17 – World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer, 64, of kidney failure 18 – Actress Lois Nettleton (“Crossing Jordan”), 80, of lung cancer 19 – Actress Suzanne Pleshette (“Bob Newhart Show”), 70, of respiratory failure 19 – Singer John Stewart … Continue reading

Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

I had a wonderful day of shopping in Wilmington only to come home to read the sad news that Isaac Hayes had died. I guess this hit home more than some deaths because Isaac was from my hometown of Memphis. The Grammy and Oscar winner was found unconscious in his home, next to his treadmill that was still running according to a spokeman for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. The paramedics called to the scene tried to revive him, but he pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial hospital a little after 2:00 p.m. Hayes started out his career as a session … Continue reading