9:30 Coffee Break: Mail

Letter box in Borough Market (Paul Simpson - CC BY 2.0)

Earlier this morning, we shared a history highlight about Ringo Starr's 2008 announcement that he would no longer receive or respond to fan mail, nor would he sign any objects sent to him.

Ringo wasn't being mean; he just wanted to set aside time to work on other projects. He even signed off by wishing his fans "peace and love."

But all the discussion about mail — the kind sent via the post, rather than email — got us thinking about all the songs that reference mail, postmen and letters; the stuff affectionately or perhaps derisively known as "snail mail."

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention some aspect of postal mail? Send us your requests.

Songs Played

Joe Cocker "The Letter"
Shuggie Otis "Strawberry Letter 23"
The Beatles "Please Mister Postman"
Stevie Wonder "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
Wilco "Box Full of Letters"
Elvis Presley "Return to Sender"

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