Box Tops

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During his short career "Box tops" have earned a reputation as one of the best " white" soul groups, despite the fact that they were not as prolific as, say ,"Righteous Brothers" or "Rascals".

Team history began in Memphis (Tennessee) , where under the guise of "The Devilles" gathered four school friends - Bill Cunningham (born January 23, 1950.) , John Evans (born June 18, 1948.) , Danny Smith (born August 25, 1948.) and Gary Talley (b. August 17, 1947) . Soon in this band playing rhythm and blues ,He appeared frontman Alex Chilton (b. December 28, 1950) . Since his arrival in the vicinity of the popularity of the team Memphis began to grow faster.

Soon the boys noticed songwriters and producers Chips MoMA and Dan Penn, just look for a white performers, whose style would remind Steve Winwood. When it came to the contract revealedthat a gang called "The Devilles" already exists, and the sign had to be changed to "Box tops".

Box topsPokonchiv thus formalities, the ensemble under the direction of Penn went to the Memphis studio MoMA "American", where he started the sessions. Before writing "The Letter" single Chilton propyanstvoval all night with his girlfriend ,and why his voice was hoarse, respectively. Nevertheless recording turned out pretty interesting and, to the surprise of the musicians, the single was on the top lines of the charts. Moreover, he protorchal there the whole four weeks and was recognized as " billboards " single of the year. Having received such a resounding success, producer flustered vengeance. Followed by further rehearsals and recording, to which he constantly drew sessionschikov. At the beginning of 1968 the composition of "Box tops" has changed somewhat - Evans and Smith decided to continue their education, and their place in the ensemble took Rick Allen of "Gentrys" and Tom Boggs of the "Board of Directors".

The second single group, "Neon Rainbow", very popular not used, But the third, "Cry Like a Baby", almost repeated the success of "The letter". This hit of 1968, written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham made it to the second line US charts. This was followed by a couple more less successful hits, "I Met Her in Church" and "Choo Choo Train".Box topsOdnako Alex Chilton gradually increased dissatisfaction with the material, which performed "Box tops", which could be seen on the first three albums. He wanted the band played more of their own songs, and on this subject took place at the Chilton impartial conversation with Penn.Angered Penn spat on "Box tops" and engaged in other projects. The fourth album, "Dimensions", included several Chilton creations such as "I Must Be the Devil". On the plate was also present composition "Soul Deep", has become the latest hit. After the release of the disc left the team, Bill Cunningham and "Box tops" were on the verge of collapse. When, in February 1970 expired term of their contract with the label, the group was officially disbanded.

Then Chilton played the Memphis group "Big star", and then not without some success engaged in solo career. In late 1996, the five founders of the "Box tops" came together again and recorded a nostalgic album "Tear off".

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