Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages

The Box Tops

Colin Escott, unpublished, September 2001

IN THESE trivia-obsessed times, it's probably worth knowing that the first Number One hit recorded in Memphis by a Memphis act was 'The Letter'. It was 1967, and Memphis might just have been the most musically vibrant place on earth. The Box Tops wrapped it all up: blue-eyed soul, AM pop, early funk, and Beatlesque wordplay. They were together just three years, long enough to give us two classics, and long enough for front man Alex Chilton to begin one of the most remarkable journeys in American music.

Total word count of piece: 1099

Subscribe

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.

Login


Login via your library

If your local library has signed up with Rock's Backpages, please enter your card number below: