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Frustration took its toll on band relations: Bell left not long after the first record's commercial progress stalled, and Hummel left to finish his college education after a second album, Radio City, was completed in December 1973.
Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews, but label issues again thwarted sales—Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution.
After leaving the group, he recorded a solo studio album.
Both "Watch the Sunrise" and "Thirteen" were subsequently included on Big Star's first album, #1 Record.
The Big Star discography drew renewed attention in the 1980s when R. M., and the Replacements as well as other popular bands cited the group as an influence.
Shortly thereafter, Chris Bell was killed in a car accident at the age of 27.Es ist die menschliche Art, auf die Welt zu kommen. Und heute kommt er zu uns in seinem Wort, das uns anrührt und verwandelt, aus dem auch wir 'wie neugeboren' werden können. But Columbia had no interest in dealing with the independent distributors previously used by Stax and removed even the existing copies of #1 Record from the stores.The frustration at #1 Record's obstructed sales contributed to tension within the band.