- Rob Jovanovic
American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1970 by Christopher Bell (b Memphis, 12 Jan 1951; d Memphis, 27 Dec 1978), Alex Chilton (b Memphis, 28 Dec 1978; d New Orleans, LA, 17 March 2010), Andrew Hummel (b Valley Forge, PA, 26 Jan 1951; d Weatherford, TX, 19 July 2010), and Jody Stephens (b Memphis, 4 Oct 1952). Heavily influenced by the British invasion and the Beach Boys, Bell and Chilton conceived the band as a studio venture. This lineup played less than a dozen shows in and around Memphis. Under the eye of John Fry, the owner of the studio Ardent, they recorded #1 Record and had started work on Radio City when Bell quit after the debut album’s commercial failure. Hummel left soon afterwards and was replaced by John Lightman (b Memphis, 31 Oct 1949) before he too quit. The producer Jim Dickinson then worked with Chilton and Stephens on a collection of brooding songs issued as the album ...