This episode spotlights four high school friends from Detroit who performed together continuously for 43 years.
They failed to record a hit song during their first decade together, but succeeded as a popular draw at leading night clubs.
They turned down a contract with Motown Records because they thought the company was too small, but years later they would join that label and become one of its most successful groups.
Their repertoire spanned doo-wop, jazz, rhythm and blues, pop, rock, soul, disco, and dance. In addition to many other Motown acts, their hit music collaborations also included another singer with a Detroit connection – Aretha Franklin – and surprisingly – a group from England – the Moody Blues.
And in a real-life twist of fate, their lives were saved when they slept late and missed an ill-fated commercial airplane flight that was blown up by terrorists.
You’ll hear those stories and more when we cover the entire hit singles history of the Four Tops.