Monday, May 13, 2013

The Best of [the] Four Tops

"In that marvelous period between 1964 and 1968, these sons of Detroit's tough North End -- Renaldo 'Obie' Benson, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, Lawrence Payton and Levi Stubbs -- lived at the north end of the pop charts. A dozen of their first 15 releases made the Top 20 and five crashed the Top 10. Few of the millions who bought these rock 'n' soul singles realized the quartet, which formed in 1954, had spent a decade as an accomplished live jazz act, applying complex vocal harmonies to sophisticated standards and show tunes. But despite universal respect from fellow musicians and nightclub audiences, they lacked the fame and fortune that came with hits. Berry Gordy changed that when he signed them for Motown Records in 1963. ..." (CD notes by Stu Hackel).

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