Song of the Day: The Box Tops – “The Letter”

Here’s one of many great songs celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. Written by country musician Wayne Carson, this classic was released in August of 1967 and eventually went to No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada and was a top 5 hit in the U.K. and Australia. Vocalist Alex Chilton, who was 16 at the time, was coached by producer Dan Penn to be a little gruff on this record — needless to say, it worked.

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