Billboard #1 Hits: #170: “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”- The Four Tops. October 15, 1966. #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single: “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”- The Four Tops
  • Record Company- Motown
  • Genre-Soul
  • Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland
  • Time: 3:01
  • B-side:”Until You Love Someone”
  • Album- Reach Out
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100- also #1 in UK Singles Chart.

Here is a case where the singer makes the song “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” was looked at as a throwaway song at Motown- until Berry Gordy decided to release it as a single. Levi Stubbs- the lead singer for The Four Tops- shouts this song as much as he sings it. It became the second #1 hit by The Four Tops- following “I Can’t Help Myself” from 1965. I’d rank it as one of the greatest Motown hits of the 60’s- right up there with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”- the Marvin Gaye version. “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” was the second Motown single to go to #1 in the UK- following “Baby Love.” The team of Holland-Dozier- Holland famous for all those Supremes #1 hits- wrote this song and the instrumentation behind The Four Tops- provided by The Funk Brothers.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #170: “REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE”- THE FOUR TOPS- OCTOBER 15, 1966

  1. Love the Four Tops…

    Off topic…I just saw that Tom Lester of Green Acres passed away. I think that is all of the regular cast members now.

  2. Love this. Back then Motown couldn’t go wrong with HDH and the Funk Brothers. And it’s not the only song the late great Levi Stubbs shouted into a hit. Bernadette!

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