Big Star

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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in 1971, Big Star’s reputation and influence has far outweighed any commercial rewards they have enjoyed during their career. They evolved when ex-Box Tops singer Alex Chilton (William Alexander Chilton, 28 December 1950, Memphis, Tennessee, USA) joined a local act, Ice Water, which included Chris Bell (b. 12 January 1951, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 27 December 1978, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; guitar/vocals), Andy Hummel (b. 26 January 1951, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; bass/vocals) and Jody Stephens (b. 4 October 1952, USA; drums). The realigned quartet, named after a grocery store across the street from the Ardent studio, made an impressive debut in 1972 with #1 Record, which skilfully synthesized UK pop and 60s-styled Los Angeles harmonies into a taut, resonant sound, with stand-out tracks including ‘The Ballad Of El Goodo’, ‘Thirteen’ and ‘When My Baby’s Beside Me’. Its commercial potential...

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