Big Star, like the Velvet Underground, was one of those bands that even though they never sold many records, had a big impact on a whole generation.
R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, and even Nirvana might not have existed were it not for the band’s refreshing and edgy take on Beatlesque pop in the early ‘70s. Alex Chilton had already tasted fame fronting the band The Box Tops. He had a hit in 1967 at the age of 16 with “The Letter”, a classic piece of blue-eyed soul. At the end of the decade, the band had broken up, and Chilton was, as musicians do, looking for a new gig.