When I used to listen to WABC radio, it was hard for a voice to break through the radio dial. When I heard The Letter by The Boxtops, I presumed it was a world weary black man. When I found out it was a teenager, I was blown away. Later, with Big Star, the combination of his soulful voice and brilliant power pop sensibility developed a huge cult following that will survive his passing. Condolences to his family and fans.