The Letter 45 by The Box Tops

September 21, 2010

“Give Me A Ticket For An Aeroplane!” With those words The Box Tops were off and running with one of the great single releases of the late sixties. “The Letter” would spend four weeks in the number one position on The American charts during the second half of 1967.

Vocalist Alex Chilton, guitarist Gary Talley, organist John Evans, bassist Bill Cunningham, and drummer Danny Smythe formed the group in Memphis, Tennessee. They would go on to create a number of well crafted rock singles through 1970.

The Letter revolves around Chilton’s gruff vocals and a raw but memorable melody. Sixties AM radio at its best.