Saturday, 13 September 2014

REWIND: The Four Tops - 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)'

Those hoping for an obscure, underrated oddity from the dark corners of history to feature as today's Rewind selection are going to be disappointed. But this is a song that's so good, surely nobody could argue about it being featured here. It's one of those that I'm including because as one of the greatest and most recognisable songs of all time, it's inevitably going to become the subject of a Rewind sooner or later. And after hearing it a few times at work this week, it's been popping up in my head a lot ever since, so now is a good time to share it with the RW/FF readership. Of course you've all heard it before, but isn't it glorious? Featuring a sensational vocal from Levi Stubbs, 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)' is a 1966 single by the Four Tops, which was released on the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track also reached no. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Motown's second UK chart-topper after The Supremes' 1964 hit 'Baby Love'.

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