Formed in 1953 in Detroit, comprising Lawrence Payton, Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Abdul “Duke” Fakir , initially as The Four Aims. The four founding members remained together for over four decades, until 1997 without a single change in personnel.
In the 1960’s they were the main male vocal group for the songwriting and production team of Holland, Dozier, Holland. 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, where they continued to have charting singles into the late 1970s. Since the 1980s, the Four Tops have recorded for, at various times, “Motown” records, “Casablanca” records” and “Arista” records. This great side was written by Eddie Singleton of legendary “Shrine” records fame, and is an update of the tune recorded by “Tommy Knight” which only saw light of day on an acetate. The official “A” side of this disc is worth revisiting “What Is A Man”. The disc is in EXCELLENT condition!!
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