Chilton had with The Box Tops, of which a number of The letter hitsuccessen (1967) was the largest. After the break-up of The Box Tops, Chilton played solo in 1970 to some time in 1971 with Chris Bell to form the power-pop band Big Star, a group that would bring three albums which had no commercial success but affect alternative bands such asr.e.m.. Written by Chilton and Bell the number from 1998 was In the Street , in performances of Todd Griffin and Cheap Trick, used as the theme song of the television seriesThat ' 70s Show .
In the 90 's reunions of both followed The Box Tops and Big Star. Of the latter band also appeared new work.
Chilton died after a heart attack on March 17, 2010.