Song: “The Letter” by the Box Tops
Reached #1: September 23, 1967 (their first, 4 weeks)
Yes, this song existed before Joe Cocker… or any of the over 200 released covers.
The Box Tops were an example of ‘60s blue eyed soul in many ways – the Motownish sound, of course, but also the fairly short chart lifespan and the decades of reunions and nostalgia tours.
The group only had two big hits – “The Letter”, their first and biggest, and “Cry Like A Baby” – before breaking up just two years after “The Letter”s success.
That didn’t stop their management though – a new group, called the Boxtops, was formed to attempt to milk a few bucks out of the name. It didn’t work, and the faux Boxtops were retired within a couple of years.
As with many ‘60s groups, they would get back together occasionally, starting with a one-night reunion in Memphis in 1989… and ending back in Memphis in 2009. There won’t be any more, though… lead singer Alex Chilton died in 2010.
Tomorrow, a true love-it-or-hate-it late ‘80s earworm…
Other songs that reached #1 on September 23:
1957 – Two songs reached #1:
“Honeycomb” by Jimmie Rodgers (his first, 4 weeks, Disk Jockey chart)
“That’ll Be The Day” by the Crickets (their first, 1 week, Best Seller chart)
1972 – “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” by Mac Davis (his first, 3 weeks)
1989 – “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” “by” Milli Vanilli (their second, 2 weeks)