2010.03.31 - Beth covers Alex Chilton song




The special guests for the March 17th taping of a show called the Radio Free Song Club, hosted by Nicholas Hill,  were Beth Orton and Sam Amidon. They walked in and shared the news of Alex Chilton’s death.
Sam said he knew Alex’s early Big Star song “Thirteen,” and the lyrics were looked up on the internet. Beth and Sam worked out a version, accompanied by the more than able house band of Dave Schramm and David Mansfield, and recorded it in one take. None of the assembled musicians had ever played this song together. It’s exceptionally beautiful and was recorded only hours after Alex’s death.
You can hear it HERE.

On March 17th, 2010, while cutting his lawn, Alex Chilton suffered a heart attack and died en route to the hospital in New Orleans, the city that he called home for nearly half of his life.


William Alexander “Alex” Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton’s early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he drew a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields, and is often cited as an influence by many mainstream rock artists and bands





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