BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES 1970: #191: ” THE LETTER”- BOX TOPS- SEPTEMBER 23, 1967

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles 1970: #191: “The Letter”- Box Tops. September 27, 1970. #1 for 4 weeks.

  • Single: “The Letter”- Box Tops
  • Record Company- Mala
  • Genre: Pop, Rock
  • Written by Wayne Carson
  • Time: 1:58
  • B-side:”Happy Times”
  • Album-The Letter/ Neon Rainbow
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #5 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.

“The Letter”- The Box Tops was the groups first and biggest hit during their brief career. It has always fascinated me that the singer of the song- Alex Chilton was only sixteen years old, he sure sounds a lot older. Of course Chilton would on in the early 70’s to lead the under appreciated but truly great American Beatles- Big Star.

The Letter has been a much covered song- but the Box Tops version is the best and was ranked in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Ever list at #372. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has it among the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. It was nominated also for a Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group. “The Letter” clocks in just under 2 minutes in length.

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