The Box Tops bring their unique brand of blue-eyed soul to the Cape May Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The show takes place at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave. in Cape May, beginning at 8 p.m.
In 1967, the Memphis-based Box Tops burst onto the music scene with their smash hit, “The Letter.” Although the song was under two minutes in length, it became an international hit, reaching Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over four million copies. “The Letter” received Grammy nominations for Best Performance by a Vocal Group and Best Contemporary Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.
The group’s next Top 40 hit was “Neon Rainbow,” followed by “Cry Like a Baby,” which reached Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over a million copies. The band also had hits with “Soul Deep,” “Choo Choo Train,” “Sweet Cream Ladies-Forward March” and “Turn on a Dream.”
In the 1970s, the members of the band moved on to other endeavors, with periodic reunions for charitable causes and special events. In 2001, the group contributed a cover of the Blondie song “Call Me” for “When Pigs Fly,” an album of “songs you never thought you’d hear.”
In 2015, original bassist/vocalist Bill Cunningham and original guitarist/vocalist Gary Talley joined veteran music industry bandleader and manager Rick Levy to bring the Box Tops music back to enthusiastic audiences. Since then, they have performed to thousands of fans throughout the country, highlighting their hit records and Memphis music of the 1960s.
Tickets for this and all other summer concerts (with the exception of the free beach concert) are $48 for reserved seats, and can be purchased in person at Cape May Convention Hall or online at www.DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capemaycity and follow us on Twitter @capemaycity. For more information, call (609) 884-9565.