THE 4 TOPS - SHAKE ME, WAKE ME - On Top (1966) HiDef :: SOTW #182
Bergo '45 Song of the Week #182 - Devon's Pick for 12/25/16:
"Shake Me, Wake Me" by The 4 Tops off the album On Top (1966)
"The Funk Brothers were playing -- with fire...
The 4 Tops were shaking the tree...
It was 1966 -- and --
this old world of ours hadn't yet swallowed the sun."
- Devon Beuschel
This is a weekly dive into the musical mind of Bergo '45. Each week, a new song is chosen by a different member of the band. Check out the playlist to see all of the past selections. Take a chair, grab a towel and give it a listen....
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.
"Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" peaked at number eighteen on the US Pop Singles chart and number five on the R&B singles chart.
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