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  The Four Tops - Biography - AOL Music
The Four Tops' story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change.
The Four Tops' lone Chess single, "Kiss Me Baby," was an unequivocal flop, and the group moved on to similarly brief stints at Red Top and Riverside.
The Four Tops next caught on with Arista, where in 1988 they scored their last Top 40 pop hit, the aptly titled "Indestructible." The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and continued to tour the oldies circuit.
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 The Four Tops Biography
When Motown relocated to Los Angeles in the early 70s, the Four Tops were the first of the label's major acts to defect, moving over to ABC/Dunhill’s fl music division and teaming with young writer/producers Lambert and Potter.
The Tops returned to Motown in the mid-80s for two unsuccessful albums before signing with Arista in 1989 and releasing Indestructible, their final hit album, which included the song "Loco In Acapulco" from the soundtrack of Phil Collins' movie Buster.
In the end, the story of the Four Tops is one of group harmony, on and off the stage.
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The Four Tops have been marveling audiences with their infectious blend of pure vocal power and sweet harmonies since 1954.
After catching the ear and eye of singer Billy Eckstine, they changed their name to The Four Tops, so as not to be confused with the Ames Brothers.
During the British invasion of the U.S., the Four Tops became a sensation in England.
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The Four Tops were the most stable, consistent, and dependable of the successful R&B/pop vocal acts to emerge from Motown Records in the 1960s.
Since they had chosen their name because they were "aiming for the top," they changed it and without realizing that they were giving name to a legend, became The Four Tops.
The Four Tops returned to Motown in 1983, and by 1988 were signed to Arista.
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 Four Tops - Classic Motown
In 1956, they changed their name to the Four Tops to avoid confusion with the popular singing group the Ames Brothers, and recorded a one-off single for the RandB label Chess.
Further unsuccessful recordings appeared on Red Top, Columbia and Riverside between 1958 and 1962, before the Four Tops were signed to the Motown jazz subsidiary Workshop, in 1963.
In 1967, the Four Tops began to widen their appeal with soul-tinged versions of pop hits, such as the Left Banke 's 'Walk Away Renee' and Tim Hardin 's 'If I Were A Carpenter'.
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 The Four Tops - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clockwise from top: Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Lawrence Payton, Levi Stubbs, and Renaldo "Obie" Benson.
All four members of the group began their careers together while they were high school students in Detroit.
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 The Funk Brothers.
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 The Four Tops
The Four Tops: Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson, and
There is always a sense, as The Four Tops go through their early hits as well as new material, that the social unity which politics consistently fails to achieve, is a foregone conclusion in the atmosphere of this happy music.
The Four Tops still live in Detroit, a fact which each man feels has contributed to the naturalness and humanity of their sound, and of their success.
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 The Four Tops
One of Motown's most consistent hitmakers and its longest lived lineup (40 years), the Four Tops were the most stable and consistent vocal groups to emerge from Motown Records in the '60s, charting with scores of upbeat love songs featuring Levi Stubbs' rough hewn lead vocals.
They then went to Red Top and Riverside before they were signed by John Hammond to Columbia in 1960 where they recorded "Ain't That Love." This was the first of a string of supper club style flops that lasted for seven years on a number of labels.
Over the next eight years The Four Tops appeared on the charts almost thirty times, and Levi Stubbs became an international star and became an influence on singers from the Sixties to the present time.
www.history-of-rock.com /four_tops.htm   (707 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Ultimate Collection: Music: Four Tops   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Four Tops music was always dramatically orchestrated that lands somewhere between soul,randb and pop.
The Four Tops fled from Motown Records in the early 70s and had a number of record deals that didn't amount to too much and gradually they faded from view (though enjoyed a few minor revivals in the 1980's).
To this day The Four Tops continue to sporadically perform on the customary golden oldies circuit but its their glorious, golden 1960's era for what they will always be remembered for.
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 FOUR TOPS booking - R&B Artists, Vocalists - Corporate Entertainment Booking
Sadly, in June of 1997, one of the Tops, Lawrence Payton, died of liver cancer.
The Tops were stunning audiences with their live performances, sweating their soul on stage proving that their blend of emotional stage persona and unforgettable songs had launched them to the pinnacle of the entertainment world.
In 1990, The Tops were inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1997 were honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard, adding to their growing list of awards and accolades.
www.delafont.com /music_acts/Four-Tops.htm   (686 words)

 Review - The Four Tops: Fourever
FINALLY, the Four Tops are represented with a box set, four CDs in all, and it's a hit for the collectors.
Most of the groups at Motown had little or no experience prior to being groomed by Berry Gordy and launched into the spotlight, but The Four Tops were perhaps the top R&B vocal act in Detroit, and had been for a decade.
Even the deepest fields of disc four offer proof that The Four Tops, who never changed their lineup, remained a vital and entertaining act throughout their recording career.
www.cosmik.com /aa-december01/reviews/review_four_tops.html   (477 words)

 Metroactive Music | The Four Tops
The Four Tops wound up taking their business to Dunhill, a subsidiary of ABC.
Perhaps inevitably, as the disco era began to flower, the Four Tops, along with scores of other vocal groups, began to lose their direction.
Nowadays, the Four Tops are dismissed by some as just another oldies act trying to make a buck.
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 VH1.com : The Four Tops : The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs - Urge Music Downloads   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Four Tops carried on by covering others' hits, such as Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter," but their popularity was on the wane.
The Tops were back briefly in 1981 with the #11 pop hit "When She Was My Girl." Although the group returned to Motown for a while and teamed with other record companies such as Arista, they never enjoyed another smash.
But the Four Tops are a big "oldies" concert-draw with their original lineup intact -- a rarity among the successful groups of Motown's heyday.
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 The Four Tops
The Four Tops recorded "Baby I Need Your Loving"; it nearly cracked Billboard's Top 10; "Breaking Through" was shelved permanently, and the rest is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history.
I called the company and told them that the Four Tops would like to get in there and buy it or lease it and we'll do something with it or it was just going to stay in there and collect dust.
The Four Tops may have had 45 pop chart hits, but they always let bits and pieces of their jazz-tinged past creep into their live performances, Fakir said.
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 Deep Discount DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
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 Amazon.ca: Ultimate Collection: Music: Four Tops   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Four Tops were propelled by a succession of amazing songwriting gems from the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, and most especially by lead singer Levi Stubbs, who, had anyone thought of it at the time, might have been assessed to be the African-American equivalent of Roy Orbison.
Their earliest top 20 hit ("Baby, I Need Your Loving") caught Stubbs extolling the virtues of love, but singing about how painful it is to deal with all the intensity, despite how meaningful it may be.
The Four Tops moved briefly into a "Motownified" version of folk rock with remakes of the hits "Walk Away Renee" (formerly by the Left Banke) and "If I Were a Carpenter" (Bobby Darin).
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 The Four Tops
The Four Tops soon became one of Motown's first-string acts, the male version of the Supremes - like the Supremes, nearly all the Four Tops singles were written and produced by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland.
While the Temptations' main attraction was their smooth tenor singers, the Tops' lead singer is rough-voiced bass Levi Stubbs, who recorded many of the label's most impassioned vocals ("Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Reach Out I'll Be There").
The Tops give their all to this collection of bathetic show tunes ("The Sound Of Music," "Make Someone Happy," "Hello Broadway"), which only makes it worse: if Levi had sleepwalked through his vocals, it would have been a better fit for the hackneyed material and overbaked arrangements.
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 The Four Tops MP3 Downloads - The Four Tops Music Downloads - The Four Tops Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The fall of 1966 brought the group's masterpiece in the form of the virtual soul symphony "Reach Out, I'll Be There"; not only did it become their second number one pop hit, it also wound up ranking as the creative peak of the group's career and one of Motown's finest singles ever.
They followed it in early 1973 with "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," a gold-selling smash that proved to be their final Top Five pop hit.
Incredibly, their first single, "When She Was My Girl," went all the way to number one on the R&B charts, just missing the pop Top Ten.
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 The Four Tops -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
All four of the singers were born in Detroit.
In 1956 they changed their name to the Four Tops.
The Four Tops performed for more than four decades without a single personnel change.
www.michiganhistorymagazine.com /extra/rockroll/fourtops.html   (197 words)

 Four Tops Biography and Update at SoulTracks
One of the greatest groups to ever come out of Detroit consisted of four singers who made history with their music and their longevity, only being separated by death.
Anniversary special in 1983, a playful singing competition was set up between the Temptations and the Four Tops, with the groups poking fun and alternating songs, ultimately joining together for a medley of hits.
In 2004, the Tops celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a blow out gala at Detroit's Roostertail Restaurant, where they recorded their first Live album in 1965.
www.soultracks.com /fourtops.htm   (834 words)

 Amazon.com: The Ultimate Collection: Music: The Four Tops   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
If you are a big fan of the Four Tops I suggest you skip this CD altogether and choose the recently released "Four Tops 50th Anniversary" CD now available from Hip-O records.
The Four Tops music was always dramatically orchestrated that lands somewhere between soul,r&b and pop.
I've listened to The Four Tops since I was a young child.
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In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as Motown's most consistent hit makers.
Where many other RandB vocal groups spotlighted a tenor-range lead singer, the Four Tops were fronted by deep-voiced Levi Stubbs, who never cut a solo record outside of the group.
The Four Tops next caught on with Arista, where in 1988 they scored their last Top 40 pop hit, the aptly titled "Indestructible." The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock ?n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and continued to tour the oldies circuit.
www.georgiasouthern.edu /~gduperon/soul2/tops.html   (938 words)

 Amazon.com: 50th Anniversary Anthology: Music: The Four Tops   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Four Tops' formation in 1954, this Anthology compiles all of their significant chart hits over the years, with a couple of nice surprises thrown in.
The Tops reached their commercial peak in late 1966 to early 1967 with some of the most exciting recordings they ever cut: "Reach Out ("I'll Be There)," "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Bernadette," and "Seven Rooms Of Gloom." In late 1967, however, Holland-Dozier-Holland abruptly left Motown in a dispute over financial compensation.
The Four Tops left the safe haven of Motown records in 1972 when the label moved its operations to the West Coast.
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 Rolling Stone : 79) The Four Tops
The Four Tops are a one-in-a-million singing group.
When the Four Tops first came to Motown, the Miracles and I were the mainstays of the label, and the Temptations had just gotten there.
The Four Tops will always be one of the biggest and the best groups ever.
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