The Letter - Joe Cocker solo guitar arrangement
"The Letter" is a song, written and composed by Wayne Carson Thompson. It was a #1 hit in 67 for the Box Tops. The track was recorded at American Sound Studio in a session produced by Dan Penn.
In 1978, "The Letter" became a disco hit for Deborah Washington reaching #13 on the Billboard dance chart in tandem with Washington's remakes of "Standing in the Shadows of Love" and "Fire;" all three tracks were taken from Washington's Any Way You Want It album. Amii Stewart also recorded a disco version of "The Letter" which was released on a single with "Paradise Bird" to become a double sided chart entry in the UK at #39 in 1980. Stewart's "The Letter" also reached #31 in France, becoming the fourth version of the song to appear on the French charts, following the Box Tops and Joe Cocker versions and also a translated version by Herbert Léonard entitled "Une Lettre" which charted December 1967–January 1968 with a #82 peak.