1967 Four Tops – You Keep Running Away
If you had to name the group that sang on the largest number of hits on Motown Records, you might name one of the label’s most famous artists.
You’d be wrong.
It’s probably The Andantes. They probably sang on more than 20,000 recordings!
Marlene Barrow, Louvain Demps, and Jackie Hicks were the members of the group that sang background vocals for nearly anything Motown recorded beginning in 1962. Their vocals punched up number one records by Mary Wells, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross.
You’ve also heard them on songs by Brenda Holloway, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, and even Stevie Wonder.
The group added high harmony to 16 singles by the Four Tops, including 1967’s You Keep Running Away. The single only reached #19 on the Hot 100 but managed to rise to the top ten on the R&B chart.
The team of Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote and/or produced many of the Four Top singles through 1967. After they left over disagreements about compensation, the Four Tops struggled to reach the top ten again – it took until 1972.
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