Four Tops

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Four Tops

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Category: Music

Founded in 1997.

Countries: United States (43%), United Kingdom (14%), Michigan (14%)

Main connections: Motown, Levi Stubbs, The Temptations

Linked to: Motown, The Supremes, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas




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A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997 add something


On June 20, 1997, 59-year-old Lawrence Payton died as a result of liver cancer, after singing for 44 years with the Four Tops who, unlike many Motown groups, never had a single lineup change until add something


In 1998 they recruited former Temptation Theo Peoples to join the act to restore the group to a quartet add something


Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000 with his position assumed by Ronnie McNeir add something


The 2001 box set "Fourever" only names "Indestructible" itself add something


Benson appeared on one more PBS special and died on July 1, 2005, from lung cancer add something


On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton's son Roquel Payton replacing him add something


Levi Stubbs and Temptation Otis Williams decided the Temptations/Tops battle would be a good one to take on the road, and both groups began a semi-regular joint tour; as of 2007, the two groups continue to play dates together add something


Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008 add something


After similar releases in the Motown "Definitive DVD" series on The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops' Motown Definitive DVD, "Reach Out," was finally released on November 11, 2008 add something


Speaking in January 2010 to noted UK soul writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Fakir confirmed plans for the current "new" Four Tops line-up to release a new album while revealing his personal feelings about the current line-up: "To me the new group is like an extension of the family, because we've all been very close for so many years add something


Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold "Spike" Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops add something


The Four Tops sang the National Anthem before the start of game 5 for the 2011 ALCS between the Texas Rangers & Detroit Tigers on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, MI. When singing the last line of "The Star Spangled Banner", " add something


The Four Tops were honored with an induction into the R&B Music Hall of Fame at the Inaugural ceremony held at Cleveland State University's Waetejen Auditorium on Saturday August 17, 2013 add something


As of 2014, fifty years after their first Motown hit, Fakir is the only surviving founding member of the original group and Payton is a second-generation member add something


The 2016 Four Tops included Fakir as the only surviving founding member of the original group and Payton as a second-generation member add something


As of January 1st, 2019 Harold Spike Deleon Bonhart was replaced by Alexander Morris add something


Morris known for his songwriting and production, has worked with many artist throughout the music industry, and as of January 1st 2019 has taken the lead vocal position once held by Levi Stubbs add something


After almost 10 years with The Four Tops, in January 2019, Harold Bonhart was replaced by Alexander Morris, a singer songwriter and pastor from Detroit add something