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The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, USA, 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. In the 1980s, the Four Tops recorded for Casablanca Records, Arista Records and Motown, returning to that label on two occasions for brief stays. Apart from their 1988 album Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions) and also their 1956 single, "Could It Be You". A change of lineup was forced on the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The group 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 Ronnie McNeir then joining the group. On July 1, 2005, Renaldo "Obie" Benson died of lung cancer. Payton's son Roquel Payton replaced him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008. Harold "Spike" Bonhart replaced Peoples in 2011. On January 1, 2019, Harold Spike Deleon Bonhart was replaced by Alexander Morris. 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 1950s 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 for Gene Calloway, older sister of Cab Calloway. Morris also known for his songwriting and production, has worked with many artists throughout the music industry. Morris, McNeir, Roquel Payton and Fakir, who is the only surviving founding member of the group, are still performing as the Four Tops.

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R&B Duet Hits [2015]

I Can't Help Myself3:16

The 80s, Pt. 2 [2014]

Loco in Acapulco4:24

S.O.U.L. [2011]

When She Was My Girl4:02

101 Barbecue Songs [2010]

Loco In Acapulco4:31

100 Tubes 80s [2009]

Loco in Acapulco3:29

Heroes & Champions [2009]

Back to School3:29

Motortown Review [2009]

Ask the Lonely2:40

Playlist Your Way [2008]

Psychedelic Shack3:54

The Best Of The 80s [2008]


This Christmas [2008]

Silent Night 

Concert Hits [2007]

Still Water (Love)3:07

Gold [2006]

This Guy's in Love With You4:00

Get Ready [2002]

Psychedelic Shack3:41

The Complete, Vol. 1 [2002]

MacArthur Park3:40

The Singles+ [2000]

A Simple Game2:54

Motown Legends, Vol. 4 [1995]


The Wonder Years [1994]

Walk Away Renee 

Finally [1993]

We Got a Love Thang5:28

Tonight [1981]

Don't Walk Away4:13

Super Hits [1976]

Walk Away Renee 

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I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To2:40
I Know I'm Losing You2:27
Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music 
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)2:46
Ain't Too Proud to Beg2:27
Silent Night5:03
White Christmas4:20
Ball of Confusion2:16
River Deep, Mountain High4:54
It's Growing2:58
We Got A Love Thang3:39
Don't Walk Away 
Macarthur Park [Live]5:47
Yesterday's Dreams3:00
I Got a Feeling2:56
Back to School Again3:51
Little Drummer Boy7:45
Climb Ev'ry Mountain [Live]4:08
Still Water (Love) [DVD; Live] 
Still Water (Love) [Live]3:09
Baby I Need Your Loving2:46
Reach Out I'll Be There2:59
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas3:50
Merry Christmas Baby5:05
This Christmas4:32
Away in a Manger2:45
The Christmas Song3:57
All I Do3:44
When She Was My Girl3:22
Still Water (Love)3:13
It's the Same Old Song2:40
Standing in the Shadows of Love2:39
You Keep Running Away2:51
Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worthwhile)2:55
I Can't Quit Your Love3:41
Ask the Lonely4:48
Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)2:39
What Is a Man? 
Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me2:54
In These Changing Times5:28
You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart2:49
I'm in a Different World 
It's All in the Game2:52
If I Were a Carpenter2:51
Walk Away Renee2:42
(It's the Way) Nature Planned It3:55
Eleanor Rigby 
I'll Turn to Stone2:28
A Taste of Honey 
Do What You Gotta Do 
Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)3:05
Something About You2:53
7-Rooms of Gloom3:32
A Place in the Sun3:25
I Believe in You and Me4:03
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen2:52
I Can't Get Next to You2:54
Keeper of the Castle [Live]2:48
Are You Man Enough3:27
Psychedelic Shack3:52
Stay In My Lonely Arms3:15
If You Don't Want My Love3:27
Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)3:03
Simple Game2:59
Just Seven Numbers [Can Straighten Out My Life; Album Version]3:11
Macarthur Park 
Sweet Understanding Love3:24
One Chain Don't Make No Prison4:07
You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart [Stereo Promo Version]2:29
Keeper of the Castle3:04
Love Feels Like Fire 
I Just Can't Walk Away4:24
Everybody's Talkin'2:53
Ain't No Woman3:26
Can't Seem to Get You out of My Mind3:24
Hello Stranger 
The Fool on the Hill 
Wonderful Baby2:35
I'm a Believer2:38
This Girl's In Love With You 
Elusive Butterfly3:10
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head3:40
Call Me3:04
One More Bridge to Cross2:58
If You Could See Me Now2:56
I'll Try Not to Cry2:44
I'm Glad About It3:08
Let's Make Love Now3:10
I Can't Believe You Love Me3:20
Body and Soul 
For Once in My Life2:45
Shake Me, Wake Me [When It's Over]2:43
Dream On 
I'll Be There3:57
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine4:58
Where Would I Be Without You, Baby4:32
Ask the Lonely [Live Version] 

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