May 4, 2017 Give Me A Ticket To A Followup

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The Box Tops, Cry Like A Baby, Bell 6017, 1968

The more you know about certain groups and where they came from, the more you can know a good thing when you see it.  The Box Tops are a legendary Memphis band that as teenagers had one of the biggest records of the 60s with The Letter.  Seventeen year old lead singer Alex Chilton sang it like a delta bluesman with decades on The Chitlin Circuit under his belt.  When a follow up was needed, this is what the Memphis music came up with.

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The title track peaked at #2, unable to unstick Bobby Goldsboro’s Honey from the top spot.  While it’s a great song too, a close second to The Letter, the album is really special.  Critics and fans all rave about Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis, and this record was made at the same time in the same studio with the same musicians.  It’s not a departure for The Box Tops like it was for Dusty Springfield, but it’s still a terrific sound with a great mix of originals and covers.

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All of The Box Tops records are hidden gems, and this shrink wrapped one is in near mint condition.  Yes, it didn’t sell seeing the special sale price tag of three for $1 and the hole punch through the cover, but it is valued as a $25 record now.  I was able to find it for $5 at a record show, which is the best place to pick up cult classic like this in good shape.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $5, $181 Remaining

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August 8, 2016 Yeah, I’ll Touch Your Cheek.

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Merrilee Rush, Angel In The Morning, Bell 6020, 1968

So there is a Morning After after all.  In fact, many of them for the hit song from this album.  Many artists took a shot at it for a few years before Ms. Rush got her shot, but she made the most of it and the song hit the top ten.

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The record was recorded in Memphis for Bell Records, which was enough to compel me to buy it.  So many landmark recordings came from there in the mid to late 1960s that I’ll buy anything recorded there and then.  This might not be my first choice for material, but the record is a wonderful Box Tops type pop/soul sound that I’ll give a few spins a year to.

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It seems as though there were a few versions of this record.  Merrilee Rush came from the Seattle area, but found her backing band The Turnabouts in Memphis.  The first version of the cover has the band name featured, but the second version that I found replaces the band for the follow up single That Kind Of Woman.  Unfortunately, Merrilee Rush wasn’t the kind of woman that had a second hit record.

 Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $853 Remaining