The Box Tops
The Box Tops are a ground-breaking 1960s group from Memphis, Tennessee who first charted in 1967 with a song called “The Letter.” That song remained at the top of Billboard’s chart for four weeks in 1967. Both “The Letter’ and “Cry Like a Baby” went gold at initial release and sold millions of copies. The Box Tops were nominated for two Grammys in 1967, for Best Performance by a Vocal Group and Best Contemporary Group Performance.
The group played and recorded in Memphis and had a gritty sound that was typical of its birthplace. The Box Tops developed their sound from playing parties and clubs in the Memphis area. Though British invasion groups like the Beatles and the Kinks had an influence on their musical style, the principal influence came directly from Memphis blues and R&B artists.
The remaining two original members, Bill Cunningham and Gary Talley teamed back up to bring the Box Tops' music back to waiting audiences. They'll be playing their hits such as "The Letter," Neon Rainbow," Cry Like a Baby" "Choo Choo Train,"I Shall be Released," and "Soul Deep."