“When we came back, we were front-page news, and it was like that for years.”
The concert is regarded as a transition point in the U.K. from the Chuck Berry-ish rock of the early British Invasion bands to the more soulful and sophisticated pop sound which would soon emanate from England.
Epstein, who would pass away the following year at the age of 32, threw a party for the Tops at his home following the Saville triumph.
“Everybody was there — The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Small Faces, you name it. Anybody who was doing anything in England,” Fakir says. “They respectfully asked us questions about our music and it was almost like a loving thing — they really embraced us.”
The rest of the world has also embraced the Four Tops. The gentlemen of Motown have a catalog of enduring hits: “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Bernadette” and more. The Tops — Fakir is the last surviving original member — come through the area with the Temptations in a show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
If you go
The Four Tops
Friday, 8 p.m.