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Wayback Wednesday: The Temptations & The Four Tops

December 26, 2012

Today’s Wayback Wednesday travels back 47 years when Motown was in its prime.  The Temptations and The Four Tops both released timeless hits that remain as popular as ever.

One of my favorites,”My Girl,” was released by The Tempations on Dec. 21, 1964.  Here is a live performance from the group in 1965:

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” was released by The Four Tops on April 23, 1965, with lead vocals by Levi Stubbs.

Now, you can relive the incredible music with one night of classic Motown on the stage of the Belk Theater with two of the legendary bands to step out of Detroit. With infectious blends of pure vocal power and sweet harmonies, the legacy of The Temptations and The Four Tops is a unique chapter in musical history.

The Temptations – For more than forty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography, and even finer harmonies, The Temptations became one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records. During the group’s five-decade career, these Grammy winners have charted numerous Number 1 hits including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Get Ready,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” among many others.

The Four Tops – The original Tops teamed up in high school to become one of Motown’s most consistent hit makers, but their sound lives on four decades later with founding member Abdul “Duke” Fakir and well-known hits like “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got).”

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