In 2012 Counting Crows released “Underwater Sunshine”, a CD of covers. Among the tracks is “The Ballad of El Goodo”, a beautiful song that originally appeared on Big Star’s “#1 Record” in 1972. While never achieving great commercial success, Big Star is remembered for the songwriting of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, for Alex’s vocals, and for its influence on many artists in the years that followed.
You may have noticed the reference to the Box Tops in the Big Star video. Alex Chilton sang on the Box Tops’ chart-topping hit “The Letter” in 1967 at age 16. Notice how his raspy style mellowed over the next 5 years. And enjoy those American Bandstand dancers!