I just learned that Alex Chilton passed away on march 17th. If you're not up on your Alex Chilton (shame shame), you can see the impact he had by reading Chuck Prophet's tribute to him. Of course, if you don't know Chuck Prophet, ... You still have time.
Alex Chilton "... rose to prominence ..." in the Box Tops (1960's) with major hits like The Letter, and Cry Like A Baby. When the Box Tops ended, he performed solo for a while and then formed Big Star (1970's.) Big Star was a reference point and influence for many of the 1980's bands that made headlines (R.E.M. being one of them.) They didn't stay together for very long, and they continue to influence new bands. Alex continued to tour and perform solo gigs. He was still performing when his health deteriorated suddenly and he expired. Dead at 59. Another reason to get out there and live every day like... You know what I mean.
I'm playing Big Star today. You should be, too.