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Encyclopedia > The Letter (song)
Cover of The Letter by The Box Tops.
Cover of The Letter by The Box Tops.

"The Letter" is a song written by Wayne Carson Thompson and made famous by The Box Tops, released in 1967 on the album of the same name. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK singles chart. The song was popular during the Vietnam War and was also included in the computer game Battlefield Vietnam. Rolling Stone ranked it #363 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Image File history File linksMetadata The_letter. ... Image File history File linksMetadata The_letter. ... The Box Tops were a United States pop music group of the late 1960s. ... The Box Tops were a United States pop music group of the late 1960s. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ...


Al Green, Joe Cocker and Del Shannon also covered this song. Al Green may refer to: Al Green (musician) Al Green (politician) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Joe Cocker Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, in Sheffield, England) is an English rock/blues musician. ... Del Shannon should not be confused with Dell Shannon, the pseudonym under which Elizabeth Linington wrote police precedurals for 26 years. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ...

Preceded by
"Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 23, 1967
Succeeded by
"To Sir, with Love" by Lulu

Ode to Billie Joe is a 1967 album written and performed by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. ... Bobbie Gentry (b. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... To Sir, with Love is the theme from the 1967 film To Sir, with Love. ... Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, OBE, (born 3 November 1948), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, actor, model, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through the 2000s. ...

Trivia

Chris Daughtry of American Idol covered this song for his audition with the judges. Christopher Adam Chris Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is a popular American rock singer-guitarist who is the lead vocalist of Absent Element, and has also formed a band known as Daughtry. ... American Idol, formerly known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, is an American television series. ...


 
 

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