500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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The Box Tops, 'The Letter'

372. The Box Tops, 'The Letter'

Writer: Wayne Carson Thompson
Producer: Dan Penn
Released: July '67, Mala
16 weeks; No. 1

On "The Letter," Alex Chilton moans like a gruff soul man, though he was just 16. He credited the performance to his producer, Memphis legend Penn. "[He] coached me pretty heavily on singing anything we ever did," Chilton said. “In a lot of cases, it sounds more like him singing than it sounds like me.” Chilton went on to front Big Star but participated in Box Tops reunion tours until his death in 2010.

Appears on: The Letter (Sundazed)

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