Tag: Four Tops

Thursday 6/4/20 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Four Tops

The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.

Founded as the Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including the Miracles, the Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Temptations, and the Supremes, who established the Motown Sound heard around the world during the 1960s. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as 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–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles for Motown. These included two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” in 1965 and “Reach Out I’ll Be There” in 1966. After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson, but generally with less success.

When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit but signed a new recording deal with ABC Records’ Dunhill imprint. Recording mainly in Los Angeles, they continued to have chart singles into the late 1970s, including the 1973 million-seller “Ain’t No Woman”, their second release on Dunhill, produced by Steve Barri and the composers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter.

Wednesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Four Tops – Ultimate Hits (1997)

The Ultimate Collection is a compact disc by The Four Tops, released on Motown Records in October 1997. It is a collection of singles comprising many of the group’s greatest hits, with liner notes written by Stu Hackel.

1. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” 2:59
2. “Standing in the Shadows of Love” 2:36
3. “Bernadette” 3:00
4. “Ask the Lonely” 2:45
5. “Baby I Need Your Loving” 2:44
6. “Without the One You Love (Life’s Not Worth While)” 2:53
7. “It’s the Same Old Song” 2:45
8. “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” 2:45
9. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” 2:43
10. “Something About You” 2:48
11. “I Got a Feeling” 2:59
12. “I’m in a Different World” 3:05
13. “Walk Away Renée” 2:43
14. “What Is a Man” 2:33
15. “A Simple Game” * 2:56
16. “Still Water (Love)” 3:11
17. “(It’s the Way) Nature Planned It” 3:18
18. “It’s All in the Game” 2:50
19. “You Keep Running Away” 2:48
20. “If You Don’t Want My Love” 3:27
21. “7-Rooms of Gloom” 2:53
22. “I’ll Turn to Stone” 2:33
23. “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)” 2:41
24. “Sad Souvenirs” 2:39
25. “Yesterday’s Dreams” 2:56

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

Today on Sounds of The 80’s we feature:  Christopher Cross, Pointer Sisters, Missing Persons, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Van Halen, Barry Manilow, Warren Zevon, Gregory Abbott, Blue Oyster Cult, Four Tops and more . . . 

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

There is no “Shutdown” at RadioMax. Therefore on “Great Soul Performances” tonight at 7PM ET, you’ll hear: Joe Tex, Jackson Five, Five Stairsteps, Jackie Wilson, Dells, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Four Tops, Trammps, Avons, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Timothy Wilson, a cut from the new CD from my surrogate son Kid Kyle, from their acapella album; taken from practice tapes, Sheps, Joel & the Dymensions, Tower of Power (live) and more.

Then following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” I received so many positive responses about last week’s “1980s Remakes,” we’re doing it again today with songs from artists like: The Impressions, Stephanie Mills, Tierra, Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson, War, Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, Manhattans, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Larry Graham, Blues Brothers, New Edition and several others. The “80s Remakes” begins at 9PM ET. It’s gonna be exciting this evening when I come your way with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. DON’T MISS IT!

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

gsp-bannerI hope everyone is enjoying this Labor Day; the last holiday of the summer season. I’ll be coming your way with “Great Soul Performances” this evening, and I’ll be playing: The Four Tops, the Dells, Dave “Baby” Cortez, the Jimmy Castor Band & the Jimmy Castor Bunch, the Isley Brothers, Ronnie Dyson, the Van Dykes, Gloria Lynne, the Detroit Emeralds, James Brown, the Dreamlovers, Donny Hathaway; live at the Bitter End in New York City and more. Check us out at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Put an extra chicken leg on Bar-B-Que for me and join for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Sunday 12pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

VRPMFP#musicforpeace – Sunday at noon we start our three hour special dedicated to the concept of Music for peace.  Living in the past as I do, I’m linking this to concept of Peace through Understanding – the theme for the 1964-65 world’s fair.  With a special thanks to Marci Geller for coming up with the concept – because we need it now more than ever…  Here are some of the artists featured today.  Jeff Buckley, Tom Clay, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Glory Rhodes, 5th Dimension, Four Tops, Olivia Newton John, Jimmy Cliff,  John Lennon, Beatles, Chambers Brothers, Isla Grant, Cat Stevens, The New Seekers, Big Sean, Perry Como, Drifters, Temptations, Louis Armstrong, Rodger Whitaker – New World In The Morning — with Marci Geller.

 

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

GSP2This week Ron Kovacs fills in for Bobby Jay on Great Soul Performances.  We’ll feature music from Simply Red, Pointer Sisters, Four Tops, Ben E. King, Kool and The Gang, Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross, Earth Wind and Fire, Tyrone Davis, Bobby Brown, Sister Sledge and more!  It all starts 7pm ET Live on RadioMaxMusic.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7p ET #gsp

bobbyjay070612I will be joining you for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com and on the broadcast we’ll present the Four Tops, Pharell Williams, Tito Puente, the Temptations, James Brown singing Jazz, the Dells, Blue Magic, the 5th Dimension, Jackie Wilson, the Intruders, Aretha Franklin live in concert and much more. It gets started (following an encore performance of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM) at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Don’t forget, if you want to hear it again, you can catch the encore shows on Monday at 10PM or Wednesday at 12Noon; all times are EDT. So if you plan to come to the shows this weekend in Long Island, stop by and say hello to me, if not, catch me later this evening on “G.S.P.” as always, only on RadioMax Music.com.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET on RadioMaxMusic

bobbyjayrmThis week on “Great Soul Performances,” we’ll have on the playlist: the O’Jays, Major Lance, the Temptations, Kool & the Gang, Chris Brown, Ruby & the Romantics, Prince,  James Brown, Four Tops, Consumer Report and others.   As usual we’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, with and encore performance on Monday at 10PM eastern time on RadioMaxMusic.com.

 

Artist Countdown: Four Tops Top 45 Hits 6pm ET @radiomax @thefourtops

topsFour Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons’ Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel.

Among a number of groups who helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, 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 a stream of hit singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number-one 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’ Dunhill imprint, 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. Today, save for Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions), as well as their 1956 single, “Could It Be You”.

A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The band initially continued as a three-piece under the name The Tops, 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 in 2000 with his position assumed by Ronnie McNeir. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton’s son Roquel Payton replacing him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008. Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold “Spike” Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. Fakir is now the only surviving founding member of the original group. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Reach Out I’ll Be There
2 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
3 When She Was My Girl
4 Standing in the Shadows of Love
5 Bernadette
6 Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)
7 Still Water (Love)
8 Walk Away Renée
9 River Deep Mountain High (with The Supremes)
10 It’s All In The Game
11 Keeper of the Castle
12 Seven Rooms of Gloom
13 It’s the Same Old Song
14 If I Were a Carpenter
15 You Keep Running Away
16 Sweet Understanding Love
17 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
18 Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)
19 I’m In a Different World
20 Yesterday’s Dreams
21 Indestructible
22 Are You Man Enough
23 You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart (with The Supremes)
24 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)
25 I Just Can’t Walk Away
26 A Simple Game
27 Something About You
28 Ask the Lonely
29 One Chain Don’t Make No Prison
30 If Ever a Love There Was (with Aretha Franklin)
31 Midnight Flower
32 (It’s the Way) Nature Planned It
33 MacArthur Park
34 What is a Man
35 Don’t Let Him Take Your Love From Me
36 Catfish
37 I Just Can’t Get You Out of My Mind
38 Seven Lonely Nights
39 In These Changing Times
40 Loco in Acapulco
41 Baby, I Need Your Loving
42 Do What You Gotta Do
43 We Gotta All Stick Together
44 Don’t Walk Away
45 Sexy Ways

Artist Countdown: Mary Wells Top 20 Hits 6pm ET

mwellsMary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, “bridging the color lines in music at the time.”

With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including “Two Lovers” (1962), the Grammy-nominatedYou Beat Me to the Punch” (1962) and her signature hit, “My Guy” (1964), she became recognized as “The Queen of Motown” until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She was one of Motown’s first singing superstars. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 My Guy
2 You Lost the Sweetest Boy
3 Once Upon a Time (with Marvin Gaye)
4 Gigolo
5 Laughing Boy
6 Two Lovers
7 The One Who Really Loves You
8 You Beat Me to the Punch
9 Dear Lover
10 I Don’t Want to Take a Chance
11 Use Your Head
12 Bye Bye Baby
13 Never, Never Leave Me
14 The Doctor
15 Your Old Standby
16 Ain’t It the Truth
17 Dig the Way I Feel
18 He’s a Lover
19 Me Without You
20 If You Can’t Give Her Love (Give Her Up)

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay – 7pm ET

bjayrmaxLater this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” you’ll hear the Spinners, the Impressions, James Brown, Alicia Keys, Donnie Hathaway, the Intruders, Joe Tex, James Brown, the Four Tops and for the third straight week, we’ve got tributes to pay. I’ll be saluting the late Bobby Rogers of the Miracles and the late Jewel Akens. So join me at 7PM ET on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

 

 

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 10pm ET

575344_3762267334715_1818644980_nThis evening on “Great Soul Performances,” it’s our first broadcast of 2013. We’ll play songs by three of the many performers we lost in 2012, Major Harris, Whitney Houston and Dave Brubeck. You’ll also hear the Four Tops, the Stylistics and Atlantic Starr among others.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay – 10pm ET

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I hope everyone is having a great Saturday and especially my friends and family in the North East, I hope this weekend is much better than last. On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, you’ll hear: Tyrone Davis, McFadden & Whitehead, Natalie Cole, Eddie Floyd, Love Unlimited, the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Gene Chandler, the Four Tops, Aaron Neville, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. We start at 10PM ET on RadioMaxMusic.Com.  Later ‘Gator.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

On this first weekend of summer 2012, stay cool by checking out “Great Soul Performances” this evening, and you’ll hear; the O’Jays, Cheryl Lynn, Aaron Neville, the Four Tops in concert with Billy Eckstein, the Delfonics, Marvin Gaye, Deniece Williams and a segment for my cousin Julie featuring Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters along with much much more