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Reach Out I'll Be There by The Four Tops

Album: Reach OutReleased: 1966Charted:
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  • Now if you feel that you can't go on
    Because all of your hope is gone,
    And your life is filled with much confusion
    Until happiness is just an illusion,
    And your world around is crumblin' down;
    Darling, reach out (come on girl, reach on out for me)
    Reach out (reach out for me.)
    I'll be there, with a love that will shelter you.
    I'll be there, with a love that will see you through.
    I'll be there to always see you through.

    When you feel lost and about to give up
    'Cause your best just ain't good enough
    And you feel the world has grown cold,
    And you're drifting out all on your own,
    And you need a hand to hold:
    Darling, reach out (come on girl, reach out for me)
    Reach out (reach out for me.)
    I'll be there, to love and comfort you,
    And I'll be there, to cherish and care for you.
    I'll be there to love and comfort you.

    I can tell the way you hang your head,
    You're without love and now you're afraid
    And through your tears you look around,
    But there's no peace of mind to be found.
    I know what you're thinkin',
    You're alone now, no love of your own,
    But darling, reach out (come on girl, reach out for me)
    Reach out (reach out for me.)
    Just look over your shoulder
    I'll be there, to give you all the love you need,
    And I'll be there, you can always depend on me.Writer/s: PAUL VINCENT COLLINS, LAMONT DOZIER, BRIAN HOLLAND, EDWARD JR. HOLLAND
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 16

I heard an interview with one of the Tops (Abdul maybe) who said that the line "Just look over your shoulder" was not part of the written song. He said it just popped into Levi Stubbs' head as he was recording the song. Afterward, the producer asked him something like, "What the heck was that?" But everybody liked it, so it stayed.Marty - Cleveland, Oh
On March 21st 2013, the 'Funk Brothers' received their star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame' ... What the hell took the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce so long?Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On March 16th 1975, Gloria Gaynor's covered version of "Reach Out, I'll Be There" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; eventually it reached #60 and spent 5 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #56 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
Between 1974 and 1979 she had seven Top 100 records, two made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "I Will Survive" for 3 non-consecutive* weeks in 1979...
Two slower covered versions of the Four Tops' "Reach Out, I’ll Be There" also made the Top 100 chart; Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts {#79 in 1968} and Diana Ross {#29 in 1971}...
Ms. Gaynor will celebrate her 66th birthday this coming September 7th {2015}...
* Between its 2nd and 3rd week at #1, the Bee Gee's "Tragedy" held the top spot for two weeks.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On August 28th, 1966, "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and on October 9th, 1966 it peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 7 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10}...
Three covered versions of the song have made the Top 100 chart; Merrilee Rush {#79 in 1968}, Diana Ross {#29 in 1971}, and Gloria Gaynor {#60 in 1975}...
Between 1964 and 1988 the Motown quartet had forty-four Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with "Reach Out I'll Be There" being their biggest hit...
They just missed having seven Top 10 records when "Still Water (Love)" in 1970 and "When She Was My Girl" in 1981 both peaked at #11...
On Billboard's R&B Singles chart they had three #1 and five #2 records...
Sadly, three of the four members have passed away; Levi Stubbs {1936 - 2008}, Renaldo 'Obie' Benson {1936- 2005}, & Lawrence Payton {1938 - 1997} and Abdul 'Duke' Fakir will celebrate his 79th birthday the day after Christmas {December 26th, 2014}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I hadn't heard this song for years. When I heard it again, I thought some joker had recorded over the original intro with a thigh-slappin' "giddy-up" rhythm. Obviously this was the original, and deliberately left on. It's kind of rough and unusually loud in the mix. Great song, and it got my kids hooked on the Motown sound.Dave - Moscow, Russia Federation
I hadn't heard this song for years. When I heard it again, I thought some joker had recorded over the original intro with a thigh-slappin' "giddy-up" rhythm. Obviously this was the original, and deliberately left on. It's kind of rough and unusually loud in the mix. Great song, and it got my kids hooked on the Motown sound.Dave - Moscow, Russia Federation
You just gotta love Motown! I'll always love this song!!!!Naomi - Philadelphia, Pa
Gloria Gaynor included this song on her historical Grammy-nominated album NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE. This song, "Honeybee" and the title track were sequed together on side one of the album to create almost twenty minutes of nonstop disco dancing. Other disco albums during the 70s followed Gaynor's blueprint.John - Nashville, Tn
This song was featured in the closing credits of the 1975 American International picture "Cooley High", starring Glynn Turman.Kristin - Bessemer, Al
Diana Ross covered this song for her 1971 album "Surrender." Her version was produced by Ashford & Simpson and released as a single, but only made it to #29 on the pop charts. Her version gives the song a entirely different feel and look. Her version has the same dramatic epic feel to it as her hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The LP version lasts around 5 minutes and 30 seconds. I highly recommend her version! It's right up there with The Four Tops' original.Brad - Berea, Oh
I love the Four Tops! To me, they were one of the best (if not THE BEST) Motown groups. Their sound was very strong, powerful, emotional, not to mention good and gritty (therefore raw and real).

This song (which melodically reminds me of "Standing In The Shadows Of Love") may be their truest signature tune. The lyrics are so enrapturing, and Levi's vocal delivery is so inviting, they just don't make 'em like they used to. I can listen to this over and over, what a glorious treat!
Brian - Phoenix, Az
Listen to the backing track of the song only and you will instantly fall in love with the rhythm guitar. When I really studied the song hard and heard the bass, the rhythm, and the tambourine all together, it was "DUH!" popped in my head. Great sound only Motown and Hitsville USA could master.Colby - Arthur, Il
G'day guys! I know u like this song but u haven't heard of Aussie Boy-Band Human Nature's recent Motown version!Phil - Sydney, Australia
Michael McDonald covered this, he rules!Sara - Silver Spring, Md
This is one of the classic "shouters" of the 60's. The message is clear..never give up...reach out and I'll be there. Levi Stubbs was in true Four Top form on this one. It's sad that two of the original members have passed. Lawrence Payton passed in 1997 and Obie Bensen passed in 2005. What else is remarkable is that there were no personnel changes in the group until death intervened.John-martin - Silver Creek, Ms
I can't believe nobody's written anything about this song. This is an awesome song and is one of my favorite soul songs ever. I like how the song uses more minor chords than most soul songs did at the timePaul - Cincinnati, Oh
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