Tuesday Tune: ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ by The Four Tops
The Four Tops are among the quintessential vocal groups to come out of the Motown era. Although they found great success with Motown Records, original members Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Lawrence Payton and Renaldo “Obie” Benson, had a successful career before Berry Gordy convinced the group to sign with his label in 1964. Gordy had originally approached them in 1962, so it took two years for The Four Tops to be persuaded.
Signing with Motown proved to be the right decision because it catapulted them into stardom and logged their highest-charting hits like “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself” and “It’s the Same Old Song,” among many more. Perhaps one of Motown’s greatest hits, and the apex of The Four Tops’ legendary career, was the 1966 song “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.” Considered to be The Tops’ signature song, the tune held the top spot in America for two weeks and was named the No. 4 best song in 1966 by Billboard. Rolling Stone also ranked it at number 206 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Enjoy this throwback and watch The Four Tops perform “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” in 1966.
Heat up your summer and catch The Four Tops when they join fellow Motown legends The Temptations for one amazing night of music in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 9. Great seats are still available, so get yours today! Prices begin at just $20.