Artist Countdown: The Box Tops Top 30 Hits 6p ET @RadioMax

BoxTopsThe Box Tops were a Memphis rock group from the 1960s. 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. They performed a mixture of current soul music songs by artists such as James & Bobby Purify and Clifford Curry, pop tunes such as “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum, and songs written by their producers, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, and Chips Moman. Vocalist Alex Chilton went on to front the powerpop 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. Their records are prime examples of the styles made popular by Moman and Penn at American Sound Studio in Memphis. Many of their lesser known Top 40 hits, including “Neon Rainbow”, “I Met Her in Church”, and “Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March”, are considered minor classics. 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 communicates with a depth and sincerity of feeling that holds the attention and brings you back often.” Source: Wikipedia

1 The Letter
2 Cry Like a Baby
3 Soul Deep
4 Neon Rainbow 
5 I Met Her in Church
6 Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March
7 Choo Choo Train
8 Turn On A Dream
9 Everything I Am
10 I Shall Be Released
11 Fields of Clover
12 You Keep Tightening Up On Me
13 Happy Times
14 I See Only Sunshine
15 People Gonna Talk
16 The Door You Closed To Me
17 I Must Be The Devil
18 Let Me Go
19 King’s Highway
20 Midnight Angel
21 Got To Hold On To You
22 Since I’ve Been Gone
23 Yesterday, Where’s My Mind
24 Ain’t No Way
25 Weeping Analeah
26 Trains & Boats & Planes
27 727
28 Sandman
29 Deep in Kentucky
30 Whiter Shade of Pale

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