1967: Bernadette By The Four Tops

Composed by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Recorded by the Four Tops for their album Reach Out. This was the last Four Tops album to be produced by the composers for Motown, as Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in late 1967 due to a dispute over profit-sharing and royalties. The song is notable for its false ending, where the instruments drop out and the background singers hold a chord. Lead singer Levi Stubbs then shouts Bernadette! The song then resumes and ends in a fade-out. Genres: Motown Sound, Pop, Soul. Bernadette reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (making it the Four Tops final Top 10 on this Chart of the 1960’s) and No.3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart in the USA. It reached No.8 in the UK on its first release and No.23 when re-released in 1972. The composers were a songwriting team who wrote many songs for Motown and helped define the sound of Motown in the 1960s. 

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