28 October 2011

The Box Tops: The Letter

Bizarre. Low-budget. This is the sort of thing bands had to do in 1967 to publicize their music. Alex doesn't seem to care if he's there or not. He's just a kid, but has already discovered better living through chemistry, leading to his hoarse voice. The fact that this meant-to-be-disposable show was recorded, and survived, is amazing. "The Letter" is heard twice (without any attempt to mime/lip-sync) and The Box Tops are informally interviewed.
In 1964 Zacherley hosted a teenage dance show at WNJU-TV in Newark called Disc-O-Teen, hosting the show in full costume and using the teenage show participants in his skits. The show ran for three years until 1967.

Apparently the sheet music publisher didn't have a photo of The Box Tops:
Wayne Carson Thompson is credited as songwriter on the sheet music; all the 45 rpm releases credit Wayne Carson:
Alternate label design:
As released on Sphere Sound:
Reissued in 1975 on Collectables:


Mark Petty said...

Solomon G Solomon G said...
Fantastic post! Thanks, Mark! :D

Mark Petty said...

Andrew Carithers said...
Thanks SO much for the Alex Chilton thing..!! You were correct in that thing surviving IS amazing..innit..??..Anything else Alex, you stumble upon..please do whippit over to me..I LOVE IT...!!!!

Mark Petty said...


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