Tribute and Variety
Shows are super successful. The buyer gets more bang for the buck, spending the same amount on
4 to 6 names.
The audience gets to hear a variety of artists. Win Win!
THE FOUR TOPS
No other popular quartet stayed together with
original personnel intact for as long as the legendary Four
Tops. And no other group associated with the American 60s
sound has succeeded in remaining as fresh, joyful, lively, and
timely. The Four Tops created a special magic that
continues to delight audiences of all ages and nationalities,
and their reign as the Grand Gentleman of Rock and Roll is far
The Four Tops' list of top 10 hits, many of them gold records
and No. 1 chart toppers, include "Baby,
I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie,
Honeybunch)," "It's the Same Old Song,"
"Reach Out (I'll Be There)," "Bernadette,"
"Walk Away, Rene," "Standing in the Shadows of
Love," "Shake Me, Wake Me", just to name
a few. They have recorded 35 albums during their illustrious
career - 21 of them for Motown which reaffirms their power,
punch, and enormous appeal.
Stubbs, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie"
Benson, and Lawrence Payton were teenage school friends in
their native Detroit when they joined together in a singing
group called the Aims in the mid 50s. Levi's cousin, the great Jackie Wilson, was so impressed with
the Aims' mellow harmonies and smooth style, he invited
them to perform with him on a regular basis. The Aims became
"reincarnated" in 1956. It had been suggested that they
might be confused with the then-popular Ames Brothers. Since
they had chosen their name because they were "aiming for
the top," they became The Four Tops.
It 1963, The Four Tops were truly discovered when they were signed by Berry Gordy for Motown Records. Their first single
was "Baby, I Need Your Loving," and established the
Tops as the Crowned Princes of Motown.
As their career and the non-stop hits continued, The Four Tops
appeared everywhere, from
the star-studded shows at New York's famous Apollo Theatre to Las Vegas' most
prestigious lounges. They shared the stage with other Motown
legends and top stars from all genres and labels, including Willie
Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Aretha Franklin, Dionne
Warwick, Patti LaBelle, The Four Seasons, and The
Beach Boys, to name a few.
Watching an audience at a Four Tops concert today is an
exciting reminder of the pleasure they have given their fans
for years. Today the group consists of original member Abdul "Duke" Fakir,
Theo Peoples, Ronnie McNeir and Roquel Payton (son of original
member, Lawrence Payton).
The Four Tops continue to tour, delighting
old and new fans alike. When fans reach
out, the Four Tops are still there.