Contrary to popular scientific belief, Big Star didn’t begin with a bang. It did, however, begin with Ice Water and a Box Top. The former was a Memphis-area rock band fronted by singer/guitarist Chris Bell and included bass player Andy Hummel, drummer Jody Stephens, and guitarist Steve Ray, who left in 1971. Ray was replaced by Bell’s old high school pal, Alex Chilton, erstwhile vocalist for the Box Tops, who had a number one hit in 1967 with “The Letter.” The newly formed group, now made up of Bell, Chilton, Hummel and Stephens renamed themselves Big Star, a supposed nod to a Memphis-area grocery store chain of the same name.
In 1972, Big Star recorded their soon to be cult classic debuton Ardent, a... Read More