1973 Four Tops – Keeper Of The Castle
While they recorded for Motown from 1963 to 1972, The Four Tops had two #1 hits on the Hot 100 and 15 singles that reached the top ten on the R&B chart.
Motown began to focus more on new artists and then moved from Detroit to California. Many of the long-term Motown musicians chose to stay in Detroit, which forced many of them to find a new label to work for. The Four Tops chose to stay in Michigan and signed with ABC-Dunhill Records.
Their new label assigned them to work with songwriter/producers, Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. They wrote and produced the first single the Four Tops recorded for the label with some production help from Steve Barri. Keeper Of The Castle became the group’s most successful single since 1967, reaching the #10 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.
The group’s next single, Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got) did even better, peaking at #4 on the Hot 100.
They recorded a second album with the same songwriters, but the lead single, Are You Man Enough, stalled at #15. They had increasing difficulty even getting airplay on the pop stations, but at least their records continued to do well on the R&B charts through 1976.
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