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- Duke Fakir - Tracks Of My Yearshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cgj2q.jpg2012-04-20T11:00:00ZDuke Fakir of the Four Tops picks his Tracks of My Years for Ken Bruce.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/0d21b01f-21f2-419b-8d98-4158ba0c0aa4?clipfocus=p00r8yrsSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 16 mins
Duke Fakir - Tracks Of My Years
- Duke Fakir & Otis Williams - Interview with Simon Mayohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cfq6v.jpg2012-03-15T00:00:36ZMotown legends Duke Fakir, of the Four Tops, and Otis Williams, of The Temptations, join Simon to talk about their groups' joint tour.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/0d21b01f-21f2-419b-8d98-4158ba0c0aa4?clipfocus=p00q3jb1Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 15 mins
Duke Fakir & Otis Williams - Interview with Simon Mayo
- Duke Fakir - Interview with Terry Woganhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cfhz6.jpg2012-03-07T00:00:26ZSir Terry catches up with the Four Tops' Duke Fakir to talk about the group's tour.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/0d21b01f-21f2-419b-8d98-4158ba0c0aa4?clipfocus=p00pw48zSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 18 mins
Duke Fakir - Interview with Terry Wogan
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The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.
Founded as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, and groupmates Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.
The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, who established the Motown Sound around the world during the 1960s. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer, whereas most male/mixed vocal groups of the time were fronted by a tenor.
The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles on Motown. These included two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" in 1965 and "Reach Out I'll Be There" in 1966. After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson, but generally with less success.