Singer/guitarist ALEX CHILTON has been playing music for decades Singer/guitarist ALEX CHILTON has been playing music for decades. As ateenager he was a member of the Memphis Band Box Tops. He was 16 years oldwhen they recorded their hit, the R&B song "The Letter." Later with theband "Big Star" he became a underground hero. After dropping out of sightto kick an alcohol addiction, CHILTON returned to performing. By then manyyounger bands, REM and The Bangles, considered him a legend. CHILTON's newrelease (as a part of a trio) "Set" (bar-none) was recorded on the spur ofthe moment, and without overdubbing. Critic MAUREEN CORRIGAN reflects on the value of work, upon receiving aletter about her benefits from the Social Security Administration. 12:58:30 NEXT SHOW PROMO (:29) PROMO COPY On the next Fresh Air . . . novelist FRANCINE PROSE. Her new novel is"Blue Angel" - about a creative writing teacher who falls in love with histalented student. The title and the story echoes a classic film starringMarlene Dietrich. Also singer-guitarist ALEX CHILTON. He's the formerleader of the band "Box Tops" whose 1970s hits included "The Letter" and"Cry Like a Baby." He went on to become an underground rock hero. Now hehas a new CD that plays tribute to the southern soul music he grew up with.That's coming up on the next Fresh Air.