The Box Tops* ‎– The Letter

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#1 U.S. hit in 1967, recorded when Alex Chilton was 16 years old and still in high school in Memphis. 'The Letter' was recorded at American Sound Studio, Memphis, TN when the band were still called The Devilles. Two of the performers on the song, Richard Malone (guitar), Russ Caccamisi (bass) had left the band by the time of its release. 'Happy Times' was recorded at the same studio at later date by a session band with the newly christened Box Tops only performing vocal duties.

Tracklist

The Letter 1:58
Happy Times 1:42

Versions (48)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MALA 565 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Mala MALA 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
8008 The Box Tops* La Carta (The Letter)(7", Single, Promo) Odeon Pops 8008 Argentina 1967 Sell This Version
10077 The Box Tops* La Carta = The Letter(7", Single) Odeon Del Peru 10077 Peru 1967 Sell This Version
11, F-0237 The Box Tops* Pismo (The Letter)(Flexi, 6", S/Sided) Džuboks Magazin, Džuboks Magazin 11, F-0237 Yugoslavia 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 Box Tops The Letter (7", Single, Mono) Stateside SS 2044 Singapore 1967 Sell This Version
GSS 197 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7") Stateside GSS 197 Greece 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) Stateside SS 2044 Denmark 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) Stateside SS 2044 Norway 1967 Sell This Version
RSS 112 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) Stateside RSS 112 Belgium 1967 Sell This Version
3071 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) CBS 3071 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
3071 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) CBS 3071 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
OSS-281 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) Stateside OSS-281 Australia 1967 Sell This Version
3071 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single) CBS 3071 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
MALA 565 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single, Mono) Mala MALA 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
7507 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single, Mul) Bell Records 7507 Greece 1967 Sell This Version
PSS 1002 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Stateside PSS 1002 Portugal 1967 Sell This Version
SIR 20.060 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Ricordi SIR 20.060 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Stateside SS 2044 Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
565 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Mala 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Stateside SS 2044 UK 1967 Sell This Version
7-BT-07 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Odeon 7-BT-07 Brazil 1967 Sell This Version
MALA 565 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Mala MALA 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
LSS 613 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Stateside LSS 613 Spain 1967 Sell This Version
MSS.2183 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Stateside MSS.2183 New Zealand 1967 Sell This Version
565 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Promo) Mala 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
HSS 1215 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Stateside HSS 1215 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
MALA 565X The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Bell Records MALA 565X Canada 1967 Sell This Version
MSS.2183 Box Tops The Letter(7", Single) Stateside MSS.2183 New Zealand 1967 Sell This Version
MALA 565 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Mala MALA 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
SR-1802 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Stateside SR-1802 Japan 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single, 4 P) Stateside SS 2044 UK 1967 Sell This Version
JSS 1150 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single, Mono) Stateside JSS 1150 South Africa 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single, Promo) Stateside SS 2044 UK 1967 Sell This Version
565 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single, RP) Mala 565 US 1967 Sell This Version
SS 2044 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Sol) Stateside SS 2044 UK 1967 Sell This Version
FSS 507 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Stateside FSS 507 France 1968 Sell This Version
FSS 507.LUXE, FSS 507 luxe, FSS 507 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Stateside, Stateside, Stateside FSS 507.LUXE, FSS 507 luxe, FSS 507 France 1968 Sell This Version
HP-27, H.P. 27 Box Tops The Letter / Happy Times(Flexi, 4", Single) Hip-Pocket Records, Philco-Ford Corporation HP-27, H.P. 27 US 1969 Sell This Version
SSR 77,001 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", RE) Sphere Sound Records SSR 77,001 US 1970 Sell This Version
SSR 77,001 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", RE) Sphere Sound Records SSR 77,001 US 1970 Sell This Version
39 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7") Flashback Records (4) 39 US Unknown Sell This Version
QGT 080X The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single, RE) Bell Records QGT 080X Canada Unknown Sell This Version
FLB 39 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single, RE) Flashback Records (4) FLB 39 US Unknown Sell This Version
FLB 39 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single, RE) Flashback Records (4) FLB 39 US Unknown Sell This Version
AFS-9176 The Box Tops* The Letter / Happy Times(7", Single, RE, Styrene) Flashback Records (4), Arista AFS-9176 US Unknown Sell This Version
ss 4001 The Box Tops* The Letter(7") Stateside ss 4001 Turkey Unknown Sell This Version
QGT 080X The Box Tops* The Letter(7", RE) Bell Records QGT 080X Canada Unknown Sell This Version
FLB 39 The Box Tops* The Letter(7", Single) Flashback Records (4) FLB 39 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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lancashirearab

September 9, 2012
referencing The Letter, 7", Single, 4 P, SS 2044

I purchased a copy of this single recently an it has a different sleeve to the Stateside company sleeve shown. It has an EMI Records sleeve with pictures of albums for sale e.g. Both Sides of Herman's Hermits, Martha and the Vandellas greatest hits, etc. The front has 12 album covers in colour ad the reverse has 6 with the company logo, details and "Give EMI Record Tokens 5/- to 30/- Exchangeable for all leading makes of Disc and Tape Records"