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The Tempations & The Four Tops

  • 4901 Lakebrook Dr. Glen Allen, Virginia 23060, Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • Dates: August 23, 2017
  • Venue: SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion
  • Phone: (804) 423-1779
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: $20-$99
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The Temptations & The Four Tops will perform on Wednesday, August 23 at the SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion. One night - two truly historic bands at Innsbrook After Hours. The Temptations and The Four Tops take the stage at SERVPro of Richmond Pavilion on August 23rd. For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties.

It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed including, My Girl, It’s Growing, Since I Lost My Baby, Get Ready, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Beauty Is only Skin Deep, and I Wish It Would Rain. The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. In the eighties, The Temps prevailed with smashes like the Otis Williams’ penned “Treat Her Like A Lady.” Then in the nineties, another Temptation explosion, beginning with their appearance on Motown 25; it continued with the NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s history, a ratings triumph over two nights in prime time and an Emmy Award followed. The current lineup consists of: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, Willie Greene Jr.

The Four Tops quartet were originally called the Four Aims. They released their first single for Chess in 1956, and spent seven years on the road and in nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly four-part harmony jazz. When Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. found out they had hustled a national “Tonight Show” appearance, he signed them without an audition to be the marquee act for the company’s Workshop Jazz label. That proved short-lived, and Stubbs’ powerhouse baritone lead and the exquisite harmonies of Fakir, Benson, and Payton started making one smash after another with the writing-producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. Their first Motown hit, Baby I Need Your Loving in 1964, made them stars and their sixties track record on the label is indispensable to any retrospective of the decade.

Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes including I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), It’s The Same Old Song, Reach Out I’ll Be There, Standing In The Shadows Of Love and Bernadette. In 1980 the group moved to Casablanca Records. The following year they were at no. 1 again, with When She Was My Girl, making them one of the few groups to have hits in three consecutive decades. They signed with Arista later in the decade, and there they racked up their final solo Top 40 hit, Indestructible, which was the theme of the 1988 Summer Olympics. In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Tempations & The Four Tops