Formed in 1965, and originally known as the Devilles, this Memphis, Tennesse, USA-based quintet - Alex Chilton (William Alexander Chilton, 28 December 1950, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; guitar/vocals), Gary Talley (b. 17 August 1947, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; lead guitar), Bill Cunningham (b. 23 January 1950, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; bass/keyboards), John Evans (b. 18 June 1948, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; keyboards/guitar) and Danny Smythe (b. 25 August 1948, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; drums) - sprang to fame two years later when their debut single, The Letter, became an international hit and a US chart-topper. Although nominally a band, their appeal lay in Chiltons raspy, blue-eyed soul delivery and Dan Penns complementary production, with the rest of the band often replaced by session players in the studio.
The winning combination of southern soul with pop was repeated on further successes, Neon Rainbow, Cry...
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