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The Box Tops: Gary, Alex, Bill, & Danny

The Box Tops site features facts and photos supplied by the original group members and fellow Box Tops enthusiasts.

Alex Chilton, the lead vocalist for The Box Tops, was taken to the hospital in New Orleans on March 17, 2010, complaining of health problems, and died the same day of a suspected heart attack.

    "If you forget about the Rascals and the Righteous Brothers, the Memphis-based Box Tops are the finest blue-eyed soul group. Lead singer (and former Big Star honcho) Alex Chilton had a tough, swaggering voice that belied his teenage years, sounding at times as if he were in a cutting match with the young Steve Winwood...Instead of knocking off pimply, lightweight teen-fodder, the Box Tops managed to add another link in the Memphis soul chain, mixing blues, Beatlesque pop, and the sound of Stax, Hi, and Goldwax...The Box Tops benefited from top-notch material: Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham's "Cry Like a Baby" and "I Met Her in Church;" Wayne Thompson's "The Letter" and "Soul Deep;" and the occasional Chilton-penned nugget, such as "I Must Be the Devil"...their music remains a staple on oldies stations and has retained its vitality for over two decades."-- John Floyd

    "[The Box Tops' sound represents] the highest kind of rock and roll, a music of such immediate appeal that I regard it as a litmus elimination for phony rock fans."--Robert Christgau

This site last modified
March 19, 2010