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While others stare across their fences, you choose to enjoy your own green grass.

When Motown abandoned the struggling city from which it took its name, one group declined to join the move to sunnier, softer Los Angeles: the Four Tops. You might think that a group that had been together for ten years without a hit record before signing with Motown would think twice before letting hometown loyalty put an end to a professional relationship that yielded two enormous #1 hits and numerous other classics like Baby I Need Your Loving and Standing in the Shadows of Love. But hometown loyalty probably wasn't the only thing on the minds of the Four Tops, who had watched Berry Gordy tear apart more than one great Motown group by launching one of its members as a solo star. And if there was one thing that Levi Stubbs, Obie Benson, Lawrence Payton and Duke Fakir felt more loyal to than Detroit, it was one another. Your Birthstar had only one significant hit after leaving Motown -- Ain't No Woman Like The One I've Got -- and what an appropriate farewell to the charts for a group that is the popstrological patron saint of loyal stalwarts. Not only did they never abandon Detroit, but the Four Tops never abandoned the Four Tops. It took the death of Lawrence Payton in 1996 to put an end to a record not approached by any other star in the popstrological firmament: forty-plus years of performing in their exact original lineup. Stay true to your wonderful popstrological legacy, child of the Four Tops, and there's no reason it won't stay true to you.
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)  Jun 13-19 and Jun 27-Jul 3, 1965
Reach Out I'll Be There  Oct 9-22, 1966
Jon Favreau (10/19/65) is a child of the Four Tops.

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