The Four Tops to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: May 4, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Four Tops’ story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent more than four decades without a single personnel change. In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as one of Motown’s most consistent hit makers.

From 1964-67, the Four Tops recorded some of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team’s greatest compositions, including “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Bernadette,” and “Baby I Need Your Loving.” One of the original Four Tops, Lawrence Payton, died in 1977, but the three remaining members continue to perform and have recently welcomed Theo Peoples (formerly of the Temptations) to the group. The Four Tops make their first appearance at George Mason’s Center for the Arts in a concert featuring all their hits on Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. A preperformance discussion is held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets for The Four Tops are $42, $34, and $21, and tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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