Before Alex Chilton discovered power pop with Memphis, Tennessee legends Big Star, he was one of the best blue-eyed soul singers around as part of The Box Tops. Originally founded by drummer Danny Smythe in 1963 as The Devilles, they eventually became The Box Tops by 1967 along with members Chilton (lead vocal, guitar), John Evans (guitar, keyboards, background vocals), Bill Cunningham (bass guitar, keyboards, background vocal), and Gary Talley (lead guitar, electric sitar, bass, background vocals).
Their first single, The Letter would give them a hit single in 1967, catapulting the band to national fame. They would follow their debut hit with further chart toppers, including Cry Like A Baby in 1968, before disbanding in 1970. Chilton would, of course, find his future Big Star pals around Tennessee and move on from there.