Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, Lawrence Payton, and Abdul “Duke: Fakir performed and recorded together as the Four Tops with any changes in personnel for close to 50 years.
The Motown label liked to control the material their artists released and had a formula they used many times in the srudio. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” was one of the few songs that managed to escape that formula.
The legendary songwriting team of Holland-Donzier-Holland enlisted the Four Tops to record one of their best creations. The song just assaults the senses and uses a counter-melody to push the song along and the rhythm section sounds like a symphony. Through it all Levi Stubbs lead vocal floats above the harmonies.
Released during the summer of 1966, it spend two weeks as the number one song on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It remains one of the best single releases in American music history.