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.