Day 267: The Letter

Song: “The Letter” by the Box Tops
Reached #1: September 23, 1967 (their first, 4 weeks)

Sounds familiar?

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)


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