29 October 2010

TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: The Box Tops 1967

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...  

Previous RR Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-


Adrienne said...

The Box Tops were a great group. I was 22 years old or so when they were popular.

Reaganite Republican said...

I really dig their sound, Adrienne

REAL music!

Maggie Thornton said...

The Letter would be on my list of all-time favs, if I had one. There was a woman who had a hit with it also, and I think it was the only hit she ever had. Can't remember her name.

You can sure pick them, RR:-)

Matt said...

Good tune. I appears that the singer was VERY HIGH during that taping.

Reaganite Republican said...

Thanks Maggie and Matt

And yeah... that dude was on something, that's for sure lol

And I like how the band making fun of their lip synching in this clip- with the keyboard player's "look ma no hands" bit, lol. Must have felt stupid acting out their own song-

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