Where do we even begin to tell you about two of the greatest Motown Legends, THE FOUR TOPS & THE TEMPTATIONS. Even though these guys began making music over 50 years, the appeal of their songs crosses over all ages. We always say, a great song is a great song, no matter when it was made. And these two iconic groups made some of the best and biggest hits of the time.
These two Motown giants are coming back to the UK next year, bringing with them the magic of a golden era that continues to inspire musicians around the globe. What is sometimes forgotten is that The Tamla Motown label broke down cultural and social barriers and The Four Tops and The Temptations were at the very forefront of that revolution.
Still with original members Duke Fakir and Otis Williams, The Four Tops and The Temptations hold a special place in the hearts of British fans and we know it’ll be an unforgettable night and the guys themselves are delighted to be returning to the UK for this 8-date tour.
Duke Fakir told us…….
“We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK. We always have such a great reception from our fans here, it always feels like home. It makes it so special to perform for the folks in Britain.”
Otis Williams said……
“We’ve been coming to Britain for so many years and have such great memories of our previous visits. These are shows we always look forward to in front of our British fans.”
THE FOUR TOPS were among the first wave of Motown artists to make an impact in the UK with their R&B and soul influenced brand of pop. The line-up of Levi Stubbs, Duke Fakir, Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton teamed up with the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and production team to score a constant string of hits for over a decade. And is if your really needed reminding, here’s a few of them……
- REACH OUT (I’LL BE THERE)
- IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG
- WALK AWAY RENEE
- BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING
- LOCO IN ACUPOLCO
Baby I Need Your Loving gave them a US hit with their first Motown release in 1964 and they scored their first US Number 1 the following year with I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch). This also gave them their first UK top ten hit. In 1966 they topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with Reach Out I’ll Be There.
The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990 and continue to tour regularly led by Duke Fakir, sole surviving member of the classic line-up.
In a Rolling Stone magazine article in 2004 Smokey Robinson remembered:
“They were the best in my neighbourhood in Detroit when I was growing up (and) the Four Tops will always be one of the biggest and the best groups ever. Their music is forever.”
THE TEMPTATIONS were contemporaries of The Four Tops, five-piece line-up of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin, enjoying similar success to their counterparts.
Their first US Number 1, in 1965 was My Girl, which also gave The Temptations their first UK chart entry. Although only a minor hit in Britain the enduring timeless quality of this ballad has ensured that it remains one of Motown’s signature songs and has been covered by many artists in the ensuing years.
Following their US Number 1 My Girl, The Temptations pioneered progressive soul, looking to environmental and social issues for their subject matter, winning three Grammy Awards.
And here they are together……
On a personal note I can tell you’ve I’ve seen the FOUR TOPS & THE TEMPTATIONS live and they were amazing. We saw them completely by accident and literally walked into their show by mistake, but what a mistake it was. We were working on the media for the opening of Disneyland Paris, all those years ago, and the launch night was incredible. More stars, food and cameras than you have ever seen. To cut a very long story short, we left the hotel to go to the main park and there, performing in front of us were these incredible Motown Icons.
You can see these Motown Legends together on stage at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Thursday 29 October. You can get more details and tickets, right here. MOTOWN