The Box Tops is an American rock band, formed in Memphis in They are best known for the hits " The Letter ", " Cry Like a Baby ", and " Soul Deep " and are considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period.
Vocalist Alex Chilton went on to front the power pop band Big Star and to launch a career as a solo artist, during which he occasionally performed songs he had sung with the Box Tops. The Box Tops' music combined elements of soul music and light pop. As rock critic Lester Bangs wrote in a review of the group's Super Hits album, "A song like 'Soul Deep' is obvious enough, a patented commercial sound, yet within these strictures it Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet - Toshiko Plays Toshiko with a depth and sincerity of feeling that holds the attention and brings you back often.
By January the group was composed of founding member Danny Smythe drums, background vocalalong with newer arrivals John Evans guitar, keyboards, background vocalAlex Chilton lead vocal, guitarBill Cunningham bass guitar, keyboards, background vocal; son of Sun Records artist Buddy Blake Cunningham and brother of B. Cunningham Jr. Though under two minutes in length, it was an international hit by Septemberreaching Billboard 's number-one position and remaining there for four weeks.
The recordproduced by Dan Penn, sold over four million copies, received two Grammy Award nominations, and was awarded a gold disc. The Box Tops released three albums over a nine-month period from late to mid However, the actual group members performed on a number of their recordings, including "The Letter", and on all live performances. Towards I Met Her In Church - The Box Tops* - Soul Deep end ofthe band switched producers, with Dan Penn being replaced by the team of Cogbill and Chips Moman.
This team was responsible for producing the band's final hit "Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March" which debuted on the Hot on Chilton's eighteenth birthday and all the band's future releases through In the summer ofThompson's decidedly upbeat " Soul Deep " became the group's final US Top 40 entry, peaking at 18 on the Hot in late August. Cunningham left the Box Tops to return I Met Her In Church - The Box Tops* - Soul Deep school in August and was replaced by Harold Cloud on bass.
Eventually the group's tolerance for the disrespect and fleecing they had endured as teen musicians from managers, lawyers, and promoters came to an end. According to a article in Puremusic. Finally, in Februarythe remaining founding members, Talley and Chilton, were ready to move on and disbanded the group.
However, the Bell record label kept releasing new Box Tops singles through earlysuch as "You Keep Tightening up on Me" 92 on the Hot on 21—28 Marchusing material that had already been recorded.
Each of the original members went on to work in the music industry in subsequent years after leaving the Box Tops. Chilton's career path included work performing with Big Star Tav Falco's Panther Burnsand his solo trio, as well as briefly producing groups like The Cramps.
Guitarist Talley went on to work in a variety of styles as a session guitarist and songwriter in Memphis, Atlanta, and Nashville. During his classical music career, he played with some of the world's best performers; at Cunningham's last public classical music performance, for instance, he performed at the White House with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman.
In the s, he earned an MBA and changed careers. Evans played occasionally in Memphis groups after the Box Tops, while working as a luthiereventually switching to a computer network administrator career. Smythe performed in Memphis soul and blues groups in the s, later changing to a career in art by the s, but returned to music 7th Rose ～Return To Zero～ - D (18) - 7th Rose in the s.
At this show the group was also augmented by backup singers Tracy NelsonJonell Mosser, and Kim Morrison and a full horn section. Cunningham next organized a reunion of all the band's original members, including Chilton, in The I Met Her In Church - The Box Tops* - Soul Deep Off!
Other songs on the album reflected the band members' varied soul, novelty, rock-and-roll, and country music influences. The album also featured horn arrangements and performances by The Memphis Hornswho subsequently participated in some of the group's concerts. Evans is employed by the University of Memphis.
In the group contributed a Blondie cover tune to a various artists collection of "songs you never thought you'd hear" called When Pigs Fly. Sold-out Box Tops concerts in Germany in were aired on German radio, and the group's tour schedule showed a number of American dates planned despite the group members' busy careers outside the band. On March 17,lead vocalist Alex Chilton died of a heart attack. On July 6,Danny Smythe died aged From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Alex Chilton — lead vocals, rhythm guitar Gary Talley — lead guitar, backing vocals Swain Schaefer — keyboards, backing vocals Harold Cloud — bass Bobby Guidotti — drums, backing vocals. Return of the original lineup Alex Chilton — lead vocals, rhythm guitar Gary Talley — lead guitar, backing vocals John Evans — keyboards, backing I Met Her In Church - The Box Tops* - Soul Deep Bill Cunningham — bass, backing vocals Danny Smythe — drums, percussion, backing vocals.
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