Description: Guitarist, USA
Known For: Member and Guitarist and Bassist for “THE BOX TOPS”

Instruments: Bass player
Music Styles: Rock

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 17th August 1947
Location Born: Memphis, United States of America

Web Site: GaryTalley.com

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Gary Talley

Gary Talley is a celebrated guitarist, singer, songwriter and author. Gary Talley began his career as lead guitarist for the Grammy-nominated group “The Box Tops” who were famous for hits like “The Letter,” and “Cry Like a Baby” during the “Blue-eyed Soul” era of the late ’60s.

Gary a member of The Box Tops, a Memphis pop music group of the second half of the 1960s.

They are best known for the hits “The Letter,” “Neon Rainbow,” ‘”Soul Deep,” “I Met Her in Church,” and “Cry Like A Baby,” and are considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period.

They performed a mixture of current soul music songs by artists such as James and Bobby Purify and Clifford Curry, pop tunes such as “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Keith Reid and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, and songs written by their producers, Dan Penn and Chips Moman.

Vocalist Alex Chilton went on to front the powerpop band Big Star and to launch a career as a solo artist, during which he occasionally performed songs he had sung with the Box Tops.

By January 1967 the group was composed of founding member:

Danny Smythe (drums) (born August 25, 1948, Memphis, Tennessee)
John Evans (guitar, keyboards, background vocals) (born June 18, 1948, Memphis)
Chilton (lead vocal, guitar) (born December 28, 1950, Memphis)
Bill Cunningham (bass guitar, keyboards, background vocal) (born January 23, 1950, Memphis)
Gary Talley (lead guitar, electric sitar, bass, background vocal) (born August 17, 1947, Memphis).

Gary played with the Memphis band the “In Crowd,” before joining the group that would eventually become the Box Tops.

He remained a member of the Box Tops for the groups’ entire life. (Besides Gary, only Alex Chilton can make that claim!)

After leaving the Box Tops in 1970, Gary was chosen as staff guitar player for “Sounds of Memphis Studio” where he worked with artist such as Hank Ballard

During the 1970s, Gary played concert dates with artists such as Freda Payne, Tennessee Ernie Ford, John Phillips (of the Mama & Papas), Billy Joe Royal, Pat Boone, and Jimmy Rogers.

In 1981, Gary was invited to Nashville by legendary producer Chips Moman and recorded with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Webb Pierce, Billy Joe Royal, and others. Since 1981, he has worked with a diverse roster of artist, including Dobie Gray, Tracy Nelson, Pam Tillis,etc.

Today, Gary plays guitar for Sam Moore (“Sam” of Sam & Dave). Of course he also plays his original role as lead guitarist for the Box Tops! He is also a well-known guitar teacher in Nashville, specializing in teaching songwriters and recording artists.

Documented 2009.