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The Four Tops, originally called the Four Aims, made their first single for Chess Records in 1956, and spent seven years on the road and in nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly jazz — four-part harmony jazz. When Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. found out they had hustled a national appearance on “The Tonight Show,” he signed them without an audition to be the marquee act for the company’s Workshop Jazz label. Their first Motown hit, “Baby, I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” a no. 1 R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers. It was quickly followed by a longtime favorite, “It’s The Same Old Song”. Their commercial peak was highlighted by a romantic trilogy, “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing In The Shadows of Love” and “Bernadette.” In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the
Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band’s current lineup is Ronnie McNeir, Roquel Payton, Harold “Spike” Bonhart and Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the only surviving founding member of the