The Box Tops to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Next Year

by VVN Music

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Box Tops ascending to the top of the charts with The Letter.

To be totally truthful, it won't be the 50th birthday of the group. They actually started in 1963 as The Devilles and were popular around their hometown of Memphis, but it was in January of 1967 that the group finally coalesced around the lineup of Alex Chilton, John Evans, Bill Cunningham, Gary Talley and Larry Spillman, changing their name to the Box Tops.

Their first single, The Letter, went to number 1 for four weeks in the U.S. and they followed with Cry Like a Baby (1968 / #2), Choo Choo Train (1968 / #17) and Soul Deep (1969 / #13) before breaking up in February of 1970.

All of the members of the band went on to success in various areas of the music industry including Chilton who formed Big Star and made a series of solo albums.

Chilton died in 2010 and, in 2016, original members Cunningham and Talley teamed with manager/guitarist Rick Levy to recreate the Box Tops sound for audiences across the country.

With just five shows remaining on their 2016 itinerary, the group is looking forward to next year and a full slate of shows for the 50th anniversary of The Letter. There is also talk of a brand new album of never issued tracks from the 60's.

The Box Tops remaining dates:
  • 09/17 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre (with Herman’s Hermits, Grassroots, Gary Lewis)
  • 09/24 - Holly Springs, NC - Holly Springs Cultural Center
  • 09/30 - Oshkosh, WI - Grand Opera House (headlining Flower Power Weekend)
  • 10/29 - Dania Beach, FL - The Casino @ Dania Beach
  • 11/05 - The Villages, FL - Savannah Center (Vietnam Veterans Fundraiser)

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