They Were Collaborators #62


Dan Penn and Alex Chilton at Phillips Recording Services in Memphis in the mid-'70s.

6 comments:

iCandy-0 said...

wait, wait, wait... isn't Dan Penn the guy who wrote I'm Your Puppet?

What IS it with you and the puppets?

LOL

Richard Gibson said...

Dan Penn wrote 'Dark end of the street' made famous by James Carr and later covered by Gram Parsons, both excellent versions. Superb songwriter, awesome song.

Great picture Tom, love Chilton and that whole Memphis scene.
When I was in Memphis I went to Ardent Studios, didn't go inside but apparently Jody Stephens is around most days and will sign stuff and chat to Big Star fans.

Tom Sutpen said...

Hey, Richard...

Much as I would like to take credit for posting this image, it was the work of co-blogger in chief, Stephen Cooke (who's been holding down the fort here, so to speak, while I disappear into monk-like preoccupation for the next week or so; working on adding yet another masterwork to the canon of film writing). He richly deserves all praises and kudos in this instance.

swac said...

The pic is from Robert Gordon's excellent portrait of the other Music City, It Crawled From Memphis (which I found for a song at bookcloseouts.com). By a weird coincidence, I was in a used record store today and they had just got in both an excellent Box Tops compilation and Rhino's Alex Chilton compilation. Time to do some tradin'...

huskermould said...

Is it just me or is Paul Westerberg turning into Alex Chilton. Seems their careers have become very paralell.

swac said...

Funny, I've thought the same thing (and Westerberg's song Alex Chilton only speeds the analogy along). Member of a great cult band becomes a solo artist with sporadic bursts of rock brilliance.

I wonder what Chilton's been doing lately...? Years ago a friend of mine caught him doing some sort of Box Tops retro show thing, which he sheepishly said was strictly a money thing. Hopefully he can make some sort of artistic rebound, a la Solomon Burke or Johnny Cash.