Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Artist:The Four Tops
Song:Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Album:The Ultimate Collection
Not only are The Four Tops one of the greatest vocal groups of all time but they've stayed together since forming in a Detroit high school in 1954. The Four Tops are Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson & Lawrence Payton. Stubbs is one of the best singers in pop music history and could have just as easily gone solo if he wanted to. They originally signed with Chess in 1956 but didn't get far until Berry Gordy signed them in 1963. Baby I Need Your Lovin' is a 1964 classic and one of many Four Tops hits written & produced by Brian & Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, known as Holland/Dozier/Holland. They left Motown in 1968 and Frank Wilson produced the Tops until The Four Tops left Motown for ABC in 1972. The group continues today. Lawrence Payton died of liver cancer in 1997 and was replaced by Theo Peoples but the other guys are still touring. The Ultimate Collection has all their hits and is perfect. Here's The Four Tops performing Baby I Need Your Lovin' in 1965.