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Alex Chilton: The House of Representatives pays tribute

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Image Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty ImagesMemphis rock icon Alex Chilton, who died Wednesday, may not always have received a fitting degree of commercial success. But he certainly received a heartfelt tribute in the House of Representatives earlier today from Democrat Steve Cohen, who serves Tennessee’s 9th District. Cohen started by saying he had a “heavy heart” because of Chilton’s death and the politician did sound genuinely upset as he recounted the singer-songwriter’s career and achievements, and recited the lyrics to the Box Tops’ hit “The Letter,” which I’ve embedded below. He also noted that Chilton was an influence on both R.E.M. and the Replacements (which I would wager is the first time the latter have been name checked in Congress, though I would be happy to be proven wrong).

“He is an embodiment of Memphis music—hard, different, independent, brilliant, beautiful,” Cohen concluded. “We’re lucky he came our way.” To which we at the Music Mix can only add a loud, “Hear, hear!”

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