Label: Motown - M 662V1,Motown - S-662 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
Founded as the Four Aimslead singer Levi StubbsAbdul "Duke" FakirRenaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, performing from until without a change in personnel. The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including the Miraclesthe MarvelettesMartha and the Vandellasthe Temptationsand the Supremeswho established the Motown Sound heard around the world during the s.
They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritoneas their lead singer, whereas most other male and mixed vocal groups of the time were fronted by a tenor. The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland—Dozier—Hollandwho crafted a stream of hit singles for Motown.
After Holland-Dozier-Holland Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits Motown inthe Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilsonbut generally with less success. Recording mainly in Los Angeles, they continued to have chart singles into the late s, including the million-seller " Ain't No Woman ", their second release on Dunhill, produced by Steve Barri and the composers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter.
In the s, the Four Tops recorded for Casablanca RecordsArista Records and Motown, returning to that label on two occasions Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits brief stays. Apart from their album Indestructible owned by Sony Music EntertainmentUniversal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post catalog through various mergers and acquisitions and also their single, "Could It Be You".
A change of lineup was forced on the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, The group Here Comes The Night - The Beach Boys - Wild Honey continued as a three-piece under the name the Tops,  before Theo Peoples formerly of the Temptations was recruited as the new fourth Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits. Peoples eventually took over the role of Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits singer when Stubbs Dolores - Gigi Stok - I Grandi Successi Del Liscio a stroke inwith Ronnie McNeir then joining the group.
On July 1,Renaldo "Obie" Benson died of lung cancer. Payton's son Roquel Payton replaced him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, Harold "Spike" Bonhart replaced Peoples in Morris, a pastor in the city of Detroit, was born into a musical family, his mother Betty L.
Morris-January was lead singer of the s gospel group The January Sisters. His father, the Late Reverend Joseph A. Morris was also a prominent pastor in the city of Detroit, but in his early years was a jazz musician, playing for Gene Calloway, older sister of Cab Calloway. Morris also known for his songwriting and production, has worked with many artists throughout the music industry, and as of January 1, has taken the lead vocal position once held by Levi Stubbs.
Morris, McNeir, Roquel Payton and Fakir, who is the only surviving founding member of the group, are still performing as the Four Tops. All four members of the group began their careers together while they were high-school students in Detroit. The quartet decided to remain together and named the group the Four Aims. Without any hit records to their name, they toured frequently, developing a polished stage presence and an experienced supper club act, as well as supporting Billy Eckstine.
InBerry Gordy, Jr. InMotown's main songwriting and production team, Holland—Dozier—Hollandcreated a complete instrumental track without any idea of what to do with it. They decided to craft the song as a more mainstream pop song for the Four Tops and proceeded to create " Baby I Need Your Loving " from the instrumental track. However, the song proved to be much more popular on trend-setting radio stations in key U. After the single's success, the Tops were pulled away from their jazz material and began recording more material in the vein of "Baby I Need Your Loving".
From there, the group really began to make its mark. Four Tops records often represented the epitome of the Motown Sound: simple, distinctive melodies and rhymes, call-and-response lyrics, and the musical contributions of studio band, the Funk Brothers. Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote most of Levi Stubbs 's vocals in a tenor range, near the top of his range, in order to get a sense Die Alte Musikbox - Captain Cook Und Seine Singenden Saxophone - Aber Dich Gibts Nur Einmal Für Mic strained urgency in his gospel preacher -inspired leads.
They also wrote additional background vocals for a female group, the Andanteson many of the songs, to add a high end to the low-voiced harmony of the Tops. August brought the release of the Four Tops' all-time biggest hit and one of the most popular Motown songs ever. It was almost immediately followed by the similar-sounding " Standing in the Shadows of Love "; its depiction of heartbreak reflecting the opposite of the optimism in "Reach Out".
It was another Top 10 hit for the Tops. Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits Top Love --> Building On Fire - Talking Heads - The 1975 CBS Demo Session U.
By Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits , the Tops were the most successful male Motown act in the United Kingdom in the Déjà Vu - Various - Super Eurobeat Vol. 130 ~The Global Heat 2002 Request Rush~ States, they were second to the Temptationsand began experimenting with more mainstream pop hits.
Without Holland-Dozier-Holland, the hits became less frequent. Wilson and the Tops began working on a number of innovative tracks and albums together, echoing Whitfield's psychedelic soul work with the Temptations. Their album Still Waters Run Deep was a forerunner of the concept album.
In addition to their own albums, the Tops were paired with The Supremeswho had just replaced lead singer Diana Ross with Jean Terrellfor a series of albums billed under the joint title The Magnificent 7 inand The Return of the Magnificent Seven and Dynamite! The song did not fare well on the U. Motown as a company began to change during the early s.
Init was announced that the entire company would move west and that all its artists had to move as well. Many of the older Motown acts, already neglected by the label, opted to stay in Detroit, including The Funk Brothers studio backing band, Martha Reevesand the Four Tops. He also took over lead vocal duties on several tracks. The group's first release on the label, " Keeper of the Castle " was their first pop Top 10 hit since " Bernadette " in The group disappeared from the recording scene until the early s.
Produced by David Wolfert, it just missed the Billboard pop Top 10, peaking at The group also scored a UK Top 10 hit with the song and had another hit there with the follow-up, You Know That You Love Me - John Mayall - John Mayall Часть 3-4 Don't Walk Away ".
Intheir song "Back to School Again" appeared in both the movie Grease 2 and its soundtrack. They were featured on the company's television special Motown Yesterday, Today, Forevertaking part in one of the highlights of the show - a battle-of-the-bands between The Tops and The Temptationspatterned after similar competitions Berry Gordy, Jr. Only one more Tops album would be released by Motown, Magic in In July of that year, the group performed at the Live Aid concert, singing five of their hit songs.
The album Hot Nights was completed inbut was then cancelled, as the group and the Motown label began to disagree over marketing and musical direction. The following year, the Four Tops decided to leave for Arista Recordsbuying back several masters they had recorded for Hot Nights. It's not clear how many songs from Hot Nights were used on Indestructiblebut the 4-CD box set, Fourever includes the title We Ride - Rihanna - A Girl Like Me previously released as a single"Red Hot Love" and "The Four of Us" previously released outside the U.
The title track of 's Indestructible was the group's final Top 40 hit, reaching No. It was also featured in the science-fiction cop film, Alien Nation. In DecemberPan Am Flight a disaster known as the Lockerbie bombing became the group's scheduled return flight to the U.
A prolonged recording session and a performance at the British television show Top of the Pops caused them to oversleep and miss the ill-fated flight which crashed in LockerbieScotland, after a terrorist bomb was detonated on board. In addition to their own recordings, the Four Tops also worked in the fields of television and motion pictures.
The group as a whole performed a song for the film Grease 2and Levi Stubbs provided the vocals for the man-eating plant Audrey II in the musical filmLittle Shop of Horrorsin which he sung the Oscar-nominated song, "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space".
From the late s, the Four Tops focused on touring and live performances. They recorded only one album, returning again to Motown for 's Christmas Here with You.
On June 20,year-old Lawrence Payton died as a result of liver cancer, after singing for 44 years with the Four Tops who, unlike many other Motown groups, never had a single lineup change until then.
Inthey recruited former the Temptations Theo Peoples to restore the group to a quartet. By the turn of the century, Stubbs had become ill from cancer ; Ronnie McNeir was recruited to fill the Lawrence Payton position and Theo Peoples stepped into Stubbs' shoes as lead singer.
Stubbs later died on October 17, at his home in Detroit. The group also did commercials for the Detroit-based pizza chain Happy's Pizzawhich became successful over the years. The group was featured in several television specials during this time, including Motown 45and several by PBSincluding a 50th-anniversary concert dedicated to the group available on DVD.
The concert turned out to be bittersweet; it featured a brief appearance of the wheelchair-bound Levi Stubbs, and a memorial to Lawrence Payton, announced by Renaldo "Obie" Benson. Benson appeared on one more PBS special and died on July 1,from lung cancer. Theo Peoples also left the Tops to form his own group and was replaced by Harold 'Spike' Bonhart as lead singer. Morris Pentecostal church in Highland Park, Mi.
He was taught and trained to sing by his mother Betty L. The Four Tops have won many awards during their long and distinguished career, including the following:. But, you know, these new guys do perform well enough for the people to still enjoy the shows and still enjoy the music. So for me, it kinda makes it bittersweet. Because, at the end of Without The One You Love - The Four Tops* - Greatest Hits day, the legacy is still going on and I'm very pleased that it IS!
When singing the last line of " The Star Spangled Banner ", " From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.
Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.
This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
The Four Tops in Main article: Four Tops discography. The GuardianOctober 17, Pop Chronicles. Archived from the original on 1 July Silver State News. Archived from the original on
In The Still Of The Night - Frank Sinatra - Ring-A-Ding Ding!, Total Departure - Jason Zones - Rhythms Of The Underground - Episode 001, Sherrys Living In Paradise - Kenny Chesney - Be As You Are (Songs From An Old Blue Chair), Λεμονάκι - The Orpheus Choir Of Kalamata* - Greek Folk Songs