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5 O'CLOCK SHADOW | Alex Chilton Bought Me a Ticket for an Aeroplane..

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Memphis-born leader of the Box Tops and Big Star would have turned 60 today.  Happy birthday to the late, great ALEX CHILTON!

As a Happy Birthday, today's 5 O'Clock Shadow is the song that launched Alex and the Box Tops into Rock 'n' Roll stardom.  In 1967, the band released The Letter.  It was a #1 hit in the States and topped international charts.  Chilton was only 16!

  

In 1970, Joe Cocker gave The Letter another run at the top of the charts with a live performance of the song, which appeared on the album Mad Dogs & Englishmen.