This post was inspired — once again — by my good friend DC. Many thanks go out to him for his support. He suggested that I do a special on songs The Four Tops have covered. Of course, there are way too many such recordings — and all of them are great. It was quite difficult to chose only a handful of covers I thought were not only done well but also in the best of Tops quality.
The Tops truly belong up there with the best male groups of all time; they never settled for second best performances, and that clearly shows in their material.
Below is a clip of an early Four Tops performance that, in my opinion, encapsulates the phenomenon Four Tops: charisma, talent, and enthusiasm .
And here’s my choice of cover versions the Four Tops left their mark upon:
Honey (I Miss You)
Little Green Apples
Echoes Of My Mind / Everybody’s Talking
If I Had A Hammer
Bobby Goldsboro, Honey
Roger Miller, Little Green Apples
Harry Nilsson, Echoes of My Mind/Ever’ybody’s Talking (from Midnight Cowboy)
The Weavers, If I Had A Hammer
The Beatles, Eleanor Rigby
Bob Lind, Elusive Butterfly
Whew! Now, I hope you all are thoroughly educated.