The Box Tops – The Letter

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           The Full Album of “The Box Tops” you can find here at Napster
The Box Tops scored a No. 1 smash with “The Letter,” which became the biggest seller of 1967. Almost unbelievably, the gruff blue-eyed soul vocals are by Alex Chilton, who was all of 16 at the time (did he gargle sand and smoke unfiltereds all day?). The album’s other hit, “Neon Rainbow,” is a fantastic tune that still gets plenty of oldies airplay, while Southern soul rockers like “People Make the World” and “I Pray for Rain” deserved more love.

           The Box Tops were an American rock band, formed in Memphis in 1963. They are best known for the hits “The Letter”, “Cry Like a Baby”, and “Soul Deep” and are considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period. They performed a mixture of current soul music songs by artists such as James & 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. Vocalist Alex Chilton went on to front the power pop 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.

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