The Four Tops Live


Best known for their stratospheric hit singles, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” The Four Tops has, over five decades, done it all: doo-wop, soul, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, jazz, rock, and Broadway. Founded in Detroit, lead singer Levi Stubbs (the distinctive baritone whose cousin was another R&B icon, Jackie Wilson), Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960’s, as the primary male vocal group for the hit songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Although Payton, Stubbs and Benson are no longer with us, Duke Fakir has held high the legendary banner, and is now joined by Ronnie McNair, Harold “Spike” Bonhart, and Lawrence Payton’s son, Roquel, and continue to bring the Four Tops sound to new generations. Jim White has been christened by the group, “the fifth top”, filling in as a member when needed. Their 2012 tour is scheduled to take them around the world.