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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 left Motown inthe Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank WilsonWalk Away Renee - Four Tops - 50th Anniversary 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 Noche De San Juan - Marife De Triana* - Marife De Triana RecordsArista Records and Motown, returning to that label on two occasions for 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 initially continued as a three-piece under the name the Tops, [1] before Theo Peoples formerly of the Temptations was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered 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 Walk Away Renee - Four Tops - 50th Anniversary 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—Holland I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Tuxedomoon - MP3 Collection, created a complete instrumental track Jail - Down - Diary Of A Mad Band : Europe In The Year Of VI (DVDr) 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 of 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 Hang On - Frank Marino - Full Circle (Vinyl, Album, LP) 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. The Top 10 U. By now, the Tops were the most successful male Motown act in the United Kingdom in the United 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 Walk Away Renee - Four Tops - 50th Anniversary 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, " 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 Under A Funeral Moon (Darkthrone Cover) - Velho - Senhor De Tudo/Vida Longa Ao Primitivo, the Four Tops decided to leave for Arista Recordsbuying back several masters they had recorded for Hot Nights.

It's not clear Walk Away Renee - Four Tops - 50th Anniversary many songs from Hot Nights were used on Indestructiblebut the 4-CD box set, Fourever includes the title track 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 Dias Atlânticos - Various - O Melhor Do Pop Rock Português 1980-1989 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 the day, the legacy Walk Away Renee - Four Tops - 50th Anniversary 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.

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  1. Nakinos says:
    Oct 04,  · In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Four Tops' formation in , this Anthology compiles all of their significant chart hits over the years, with a couple of nice surprises thrown in. Motown of course is where they recorded the bulk of their hits and that tenure is represented on the first 30 (of 48) recordings/5(70).
  2. Yobar says:
    This is a listing of all the singles and albums released by Motown singing group The Four Tops.. Throughout their career, twenty-four of their singles reached the Billboard Top 40 with seven of them reaching the top ten and two of them reaching #1 on the chart. An additional twenty-one have reached the UK Top 40 with ten reaching the top ten and one reaching #1 on the kimurodugorethorgalen.infoinfoation albums:
  3. Malagore says:
    BACKSTORY: “Walk Away Renee” was recorded by the Four Tops in late and early ’67, and issued on their album Reach Out in July It was a remake of a non-Motown hit by the Left Banke, which was co-written by that group’s leader, Mike Lookofsky.
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  5. Nelkree says:
    The Four Tops were honored with an induction into the R&B Music Hall of Fame at the Inaugural ceremony held at Cleveland State University's Waetejen Auditorium on Saturday August 17, In early , The Four Tops' #1 Pop Hit, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" became their second song to be inducted into The Grammy Hall of Genres: Soul, R&B, pop.
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  7. Mooguk says:
    No, here's the ultimate Four Tops singles collection. Like Motown Select's 50th anniversary releases for the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Martha & the Vandellas, this is a three-disc anthology packaged like a hardcover book.9/
  8. Nele says:
    Oct 30,  · Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group L'Arcobaleno (Walk Away Renee) · Four Tops 50th Anniversary | The Singles Collection | ℗ Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings.
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    Jan 13,  · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Four Tops Anthology (50th Anniversary) on Discogs/5(12).

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