Four Tops

Four Tops

Reference number:

6773
£88.00

Description:

An original 1972 beermat, clearly signed on both sides in ballpoints by all four original group members. On the reverse ; Lawrence Payton d1997 (adding 4 Tops) and on the front the remaining three ; Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 / Levi Stubbs d2008 (adding 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (adding 4 Tops).

Certification:

Obtained at the Fiesta Club Arundel Gate Sheffield wk/com Sunday 5th November 1972. Original printed beer-mat acts as the proof of this. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

9x9cm Sized Beer-mat

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About Four Tops

Four Tops

FOUR TOPS. American Detroit vocal quartet who were amongst a number of groups that helped define the legendary Motown sound of the 1960s. Amazingly they remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. The group was the main male vocal group for the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland who crafted a stream of hit singles, including two number-one hits ; "I Just Cant Help Myself" (1965) and "Reach Out Ill Be There" (1966) along with other hits "Baby I Need Your Loving" / "Same Old Song" / "Standing In The Shadows of Love" / "Bernadette" (1967). After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, they enjoyed success with "Walk Away Renee" / "Its All In The Game" / "When She Was My Girl" and "Loco In Acapulco". A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20th 1997.

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Four Tops

Reference number:

6657
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Description:

A 1971 cutting from a visitors book, clearly signed in ballpoints by all four original group members ;  Lawrence Payton d1997 (signed Larry adding 4 Tops) / Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (in his full name adding 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (in his full name adding 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (in his full name adding 4 Tops).

 

 

 

Certification:

From a fantastic collection of visitors books dated between the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s, containing literally hundreds of celebrity signatures. The visitors books were collected by the staff and employees of Barclays Bank at Heathrow Airport during this period ; we assume this branch must have been located in or close to the VIP lounge. The autographs are almost all dated, many include the addresses of the signers and collectors notations / stamps by the original (bank employee) obtainers. There are also references to the bank and quality of service by some of the signers. By the very nature of the books the signatures really authenticate themselves and provide a fascinating insight and mix of famous British and American names of the period. High profile signers include ; Muhammad Ali / Robert De Niro / Jack Nicholson / Sid Vicious / Marlon Brando / Mick Jagger / Keith Moon / Sylvester Stallone / Roy Orbison / Thin Lizzy / Graham Hill etc etc. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK

Size:

18x12in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

Condition:

There is some remnants of sellotape staining over two of the autographs but they are still clearly readable. The autograph of Harold Pinter is above / Stewart Grainger and Jean Shrimpton below and most notably racing driver Ronnie Peterson on the reverse of the page.

Four Tops

Reference number:

10931
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Description:

An original circa 1990s promo-photograph, clearly signed in markers by all four members ; Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (Happiness 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (4 Tops) / Lawrence Payton d1997 (4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir

Certification:

From the wonderful collection of music / entertainment & pioneer autographs of John S of Newport who amassed a huge celebrity autograph archive during the 1980-2000s. These were all collected by him in-person / at concert & theatre venues / through the post and via artist management during this 30 year period. There is a general covering letter and a copy of a newspaper article included which detail more about him. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

25x20cm Sized Photo

Condition:

Good. View Image

Four Tops

Reference number:

10618
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Description:

An original 1981 UK tour programme, clearly signed on the front in ballpoints by all four group members ; Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (To Tom Soul Brother Happiness Always 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (To Tom Right on 4 Tops) / Lawrence Payton d1997 and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (Good luck) 

Certification:

One of a large collection of autographs obtained by Richard who was a Stage Manager at the Apollo Theatre Manchester during the late 1970's to early 1980s. Many of the autographs are dedicated to him. He then later collected in-person into the 2000's. The Four Tops played the venue on March 13th 1981. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA 

Size:

30x21cm Sized Programme (16 pages)

Condition:

Average. View Images

Four Tops

Reference number:

9893
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Description:

An original 1976 UK tour programme with theatre flyer signed on the reverse in ballpoints by three group members ; Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (To Chris Happiness Always 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (To my Pal Chris 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (To Chris Good wishes 4 Tops).

Certification:

One of a wonderful and extensive collection of period signed 1970s mostly pop music programmes / photographs & records all obtained in-person by CS at concerts & hotels in and around the Bristol area during the decade. There is a copy of a typed letter from him included, detailing the general history of his collecting exploits. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA 

Size:

30x21cm Sized Programme (16 pages) 

20x15cm Sized Flyer

Condition:

Good. View Images

Four Tops

Reference number:

7251
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Description:

A very good large pair of circa 1990s autograph book pages, clearly signed in ballpoints by all four original group members ; Lawrence Payton d1997 (adding 4 Tops) / Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (adding 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (adding 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir.

 

Certification:

One of a huge collection of over 1000 autographs in around a dozen large books all obtained in person (between 1990-1999 mostly in the Manchester area) by husband and wife Tony & Kath (many autographs are personally dedicated / dated to them with messages of thanks from the artists). The majority of signatures are of the major pop-groups of the period (including many Brit-Pop) signed at the various Manchester music venues (The Apollo / Nymex Arena / The Academy / G-Mex Centre and The University Union) and also at festivals (the T-Festival Strathclyde 1995-97). From the notes / dedications within the books and the difficult accessibility into such premium venues & concerts, we believe the couple must have worked in positions that gave / allowed them back-stage access during the period. IAA. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

20x15cm Sized Pages

Four Tops

Reference number:

4944
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Description:

An original circa 1970s promo photocard, clearly signed in ballpoints by three members ; Lawrence Payton d1997 / Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 and Levi Stubbs d2008. PLUS a pair of clearly signed 1970s autograph book pages by fourth group member Abdul "Duke" Fakir to make up the full set ; along with Obie and Levi again. The pages are also signed by musicians Chuck Leonard (drummer) / Joe Smith (guitar) and B Swanston (bass). All have attractively added notes / dedications to Eileen and 4 Tops after their names.

 

Certification:

UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Four Tops

Reference number:

7265
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Description:

A very good large (circa 1990s) autograph book page, clearly signed in markers by all four original group members ; Lawrence Payton d1997 (adding 4 Tops) / Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (adding 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (adding 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (adding To Tony God Bless Seasons Greetings).

 

Certification:

One of a huge collection of over 1000 autographs in around a dozen large books all obtained in person (between 1990-1999 mostly in the Manchester area) by husband and wife Tony & Kath (many autographs are personally dedicated / dated to them with messages of thanks from the artists). The majority of signatures are of the major pop-groups of the period (including many Brit-Pop) signed at the various Manchester music venues (The Apollo / Nymex Arena / The Academy / G-Mex Centre and The University Union) and also at festivals (the T-Festival Strathclyde 1995-97). From the notes / dedications within the books and the difficult accessibility into such premium venues & concerts, we believe the couple must have worked in positions that gave / allowed them back-stage access during the period. IAA. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

20x15cm Sized Page

Four Tops

Reference number:

7829
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Description:

A good original vintage (circa 1967) lined exercise book page book page laid down onto an autograph book page, clearly signed in ballpoints by all four original group members ; Lawrence Payton d1997 (adding 4 Tops) / Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (adding best wishes always Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (adding Reach out 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (adding best wishes Tops).

 

Certification:

From the early 1960s autograph book of Paula Martin of Thames Ditton containing many entertainment notables including ; The Rolling Stones / Frank Sinatra / Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. Some autographs are dedicated to her. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

12x10cm Sized Page

Four Tops

Reference number:

6774
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Description:

A very good 1974 beermat, clearly signed in ballpoints by all four original group members ;  Lawrence Payton d1997 (adding 4 Tops) / Renaldo "Obie" Benson d2005 (adding Love and Happiness always 4 Tops) / Levi Stubbs d2008 (adding all the best 4 Tops) and Abdul "Duke" Fakir (adding 4 Tops x).

 

Certification:

Obtained at the Fiesta Club Arundel Gate Sheffield wk/com Sunday 27th October 1974. Original printed beer-mat acts as the proof of this. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.