The Four Tops

The Four Tops

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. 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 hitmakers. Where many other R&B 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. Stubbs had all the grit of a pleading, wailing, gospel-trained soul belter, but at the same time, the Tops' creamy harmonies were smooth enough for Motown's radio-friendly pop-soul productions. From 1964-1967, The Four Tops recorded some of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team's greatest compositions, including "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Bernadette," and "Baby I Need Your Loving." The group's fortunes took a downturn when their chief source of material left the label, but they enjoyed a renaissance in the early '70s, which saw them switching to the ABC-Dunhill imprint. Regardless of commercial fortunes, they kept on performing and touring, scoring the occasional comeback hit.

Title Album Genre Tools
Save It For A Rainy Day Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
The Four Tops
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Subgenres:
Soul and Vocal Pop
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
Release Year:
1977
Track ID:
58169
Save It For A Rainy Day Keepers Of The Castle: Their Best 1972-1978 R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
The Four Tops
Cover:
Yes
Original Artist:
Stephen Bishop
Era:
1970s
Genres:
R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Horns, and Percussion
Keywords:
Driving, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Rainy Day, Road Trip, and Wedding
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Keepers Of The Castle: Their Best 1972-1978
Release Year:
1977
Track ID:
53087
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