The Four Tops

The Four Tops are an American Motown musical quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, RnB, disco, adult contemporary, showtunes, and even psychedelic rock. 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. Since the 1980s, The Four Tops have recorded for, at various times, Motown, Casablanca Records, and Arista Records.

Song lyric Standing In The Shadows Of Love STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
Song lyric Bernadette BERNADETTE The Four Tops
Song lyric If I Were A Carpenter IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
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Song lyric Aint No Woman (like The One I've Got) AINT NO WOMAN (LIKE THE ONE I'VE GOT) The Four Tops
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Song lyric I Can't Help Myself I CAN'T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
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Song lyric Reach Out Ill Be There REACH OUT ILL BE THERE The Four Tops
Song lyric Shake Me, Wake Me (when It's Over) SHAKE ME, WAKE ME (WHEN IT'S OVER) The Four Tops