I MET HER IN CHURCH

Latest update on 14/05/2011

Artist: Box Tops
Author: Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham
Label: Mala
Year: 1968

Covers:

1968:

Tony Borders [also cut Penn/Oldham song Pass The Word in '64]

1999:

Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham [live in Dublin]

Written as I Met HIM In Church for a gospel session with The Sweet Inspirations, vocal quartet with Cissy Houston, Whitney's mother and backing band for Aretha and Elvis. Penn & Oldham had also written Sweet Inspiration for The Sweet Inspirations, so this was supposed to crown their staff writing status. Alas, couple of days before the session, Martin Luther King was murdered downtown and the girls refused ever to set foot in Memphis again. That's when supersubs The Box Tops were cranked, kinda puppets producer Dan Penn could manipulate to his own image. Hot property since The Letter and Cry Like A Baby and not particularly gospel minded. Still, Dan managed to squeeze anything out of lead singer Alex Chilton. He would come out, coach him and sing to him. Listening to Alex, it sounds like Dan Penn singing, really. The most gospely thing they did was I Met Her In Church and that was Dan's production, highlight of his whole career if you asked Alex. Dan made him do that line by line and one line at the time for 7 or 8 hours to get the voice that way and it just sounds really like Dan on there.

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