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
- 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.