Skip to comments.TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: The Box Tops 1967
Posted on 10/29/2010 12:27:16 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
The Box Tops were a Memphis rock group active in the mid-to-late 1960s. Known for such hits as "The Letter" (below), "Neon Rainbow", "Soul Deep", "I Met Her in Church", and "Cry Like A Baby", the band is historically significant as a major "blue-eyed soul" group of the period.
They performed a mixture of current soul music songs by artists such as James and Bobby Purify and Clifford Curry, pop tunes such as A Whiter Shade of Pale by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum, and songs written by their producers, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, and Chips Moman.
The Box Tops' music combined elements of soul music and light pop. Their records are prime examples of the styles made popular by Moman and Penn at American Sound Studio in Memphis.
Vocalist Alex Chilton went on to front the powerpop band Big Star and to launch a career as a solo artist, during which he occasionally performed songs he had sung with the Box Tops...
The Box Tops: The Letter 1967 -here-
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Alex Chilton RIP
Give me a ticket for an aeroplane...
Ain’t got time to take a fast train...
Lonely days are gone,
I’m a-goin home,
My baby, she wrote me a letter...
And who says you don’t learn anything on FreeRepublic?
I grew up listening to The Box Tops, and thought all of this time that they were a R&B BLACK group out of DEEtroit!
like everyone, they used studio musicians on some of their tracks, but the actual band members performed on “The Letter”, which I think is what gave it that garage band authenticity. All 1 minute 58 seconds of it.
Me too until a couple years ago lol
My love is a river running “Soul Deep”.
What I remember from the “teen club” days was that The Letter was one of those songs that, when the music started, EVERYBODY got up and got on the dance floor. Very memorable.