Saturday, July 23, 2011

"The Letter" by The Box Tops.

OK, more 60's: Nashville tunesmith Wayne Carson Thompson penned this '67 smash hit after his father gave him the opening line. A yet-unnamed "bunch of greenhorns who had never cut a record" recorded it in 30 takes (!). They were first dubbed The Devilles before settling on their subsequent name. Lead singer Alex Chilton was not quite 17 during the sessions. It topped the charts for 4 weeks, was the top hit of '67, sold over 4 million copies, earned a Gold Disc and is ranked #363 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. The last #1 hit under 2 minutes in length. Joe Cocker's '70 version hit the Top Ten. Group? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry. One of the most instantly recognizable tunes in rock. Inspired by Johnnie Johnson, the B. may come from Berry, who was born on Goode Ave. in St. Louis.​ch?v=AEq62iQo0eU​ch?v=OkQWv18Trw0​ch?v=C7s1_YQxzhs​ch?v=GsyL4O5ej_Y

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