In 1964, The Four Tops released their first hit, "Baby I Need Your Loving," a top ten record. Later that year their follow-up record, "Without The One You Love," barely made the charts. This was followed by a series of massively successful songs, including the number 1 hit "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honeybunch)", "Something About You", "Standing In The Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", and "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever". Perhaps their most well-remembered song is 1966's "Reach Out, I'll Be There". The hits continued througout the 1960s and early 1970s, including 1973's "Ain't No Woman Like The One I've Got", but had essentially ended with "Catfish" (1976). Unusually, the Four Tops enjoyed a renaissance in 1981, with "When She Was My Girl". In 1988, "Indestructible" became their last charting single. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
Vocal Group Hall of Fame page on The Four Tops (http://www.vghf.com/Inductees/four_tops.htm)
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The FourTops' story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change.
The FourTops' lone Chess single, "Kiss Me Baby," was an unequivocal flop, and the group moved on to similarly brief stints at Red Top and Riverside.
The FourTops next caught on with Arista, where in 1988 they scored their last Top 40 pop hit, the aptly titled "Indestructible." The FourTops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and continued to tour the oldies circuit.
When Motown relocated to Los Angeles in the early 70s, the FourTops were the first of the label's major acts to defect, moving over to ABC/Dunhill’s fl music division and teaming with young writer/producers Lambert and Potter.
The Tops returned to Motown in the mid-80s for two unsuccessful albums before signing with Arista in 1989 and releasing Indestructible, their final hit album, which included the song "Loco In Acapulco" from the soundtrack of Phil Collins' movie Buster.
In the end, the story of the FourTops is one of group harmony, on and off the stage.
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