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The Four Tops

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The Four Tops are an American Motown musical quartet, whose repertoire has included , , music, , , adult contemporary, , and even . Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs and group mates Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, finally forced to endure a lineup change when Payton died in 1997. At that time, Theo Peoples was added to the lineup; Peoples later replaced Stubbs, who fell ill from cancer, and Ronnie McNeir assumed Peoples’ spot. In July, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton’s son Roquel replacing him. And as of April, 2005, Fakir, McNeir, Payton and Peoples still perform together as The Four Tops. The legendary Levi Stubbs sadly passed away in 2008.

Among a number of groups who helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Supremes, The Four Tops were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer; most groups of the time were fronted by a tenor. The group was the main male vocal group for the songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who crafted for the group a stream of popular hit singles, including two #1 hits: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There”. After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson. When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit and moved over to ABC Records, where they continued to have charting singles into the late-1970s.

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  • Sekhem

    V wow, who cares

    31 Aug 6:04pm Reply
  • koalanimist

    Of the 28 studio albums, 13 have been headlined as "The Four Tops", while the rest were just "Four Tops". Of the Motown recordings, which most people would be most familiar with, only the three collaboration albums with The Supremes featured the definite article. As such, I'm inclined to say that if one of the titles should redirect to another, "Four Tops" is the correct one.

    18 Jun 9:21pm Reply
  • Kexet1

    LOOOOVE. Sugar pie honey bunch might just be my favorite song ever. Loved it since I was a little kid.

    17 Jun 11:26am Reply
  • robotpwnsyou

    really quite diggin' the Four Tops at the moment!

    14 May 7:20am Reply
  • birdsnplums

    Sometimes, when I'm bitter and think the world is just a place of liars and selfish idiots, I listen to The Four Tops and for a moment I regain my belief in humanity again.

    26 Apr 7:48am Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    They're simply amazing.

    24 Apr 7:32pm Reply
  • CBNetRadio

    Motowns Best. They created music like none other. Love their music to this day!

    10 Feb 4:40pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Very nice!

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sad_wintertones

    There needs to be a group called The Four Bottoms [2]

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • iPowers

    There needs to be a group called The Four Bottoms

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • HilaryBanks

    I love them....so underrated

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DANASCELLY

    De très jolies chansons... j'aime!!!!!!!!

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    These guys are irresistible, truly.

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lovely08

    Levi Stubbs had one of my favorite voices....he is sorely missed..

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • A1enochka

    !!

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • HilaryBanks

    standing in the shadows of love

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    I'll Turn to Stone

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Zoitz

    Sugar Pie Honey Bunch.. ♪ [2]

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I Love The Soul Music of the 60s and 70s and this group is at the top of my list..

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    7 Rooms of Gloom

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
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