Vocal quartet Four Tops are widely considered as one of the main artists to help define the landmark Motown sound in the 1960s. Amongst their biggest hits are I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) and Reach Out I'll Be There. The line-up features original founder member Abdul 'Duke' Fakir with Lawrence Payton Jr, Lewis McNeir and Spike Deleon.
Fellow Motown vocal quintet The Temptations are known for their seminal R&B and soul catalogue, their harmonies and their trademark choreographies. The Temptations were the first Motown artists to win a Grammy and are particularly remembered for classics My Girl and Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Counting over 20 different musicians throughout their career, Otis Williams is the only surviving member of the original five. The current line-up is completed by Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Ron Tyson and Bruce Williamson.
Otis and Duke say: "We love playing in the UK, the audiences are the best in the world. We're really looking forward to sharing our music, together with The Platters and Freda Payne who are joining us this time around."
Rock'n'roll pioneers The Platters had four chart-topping singles between 1955 and 1967. Who can forget Only You and The Great Pretender? They recorded almost 400 songs, sold well over 100 million records, performed in more than 91 countries and received more than 250 awards worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of their international debut, Only You.
Singer and actress Freda Payne hit her musical peak in 1970 with Band of Gold, reaching a million copies sold and later re-recorded with Belinda Carlisle in 1986. Freda's career spans four decades, covering soul, R&B and jazz as well as movie and theatre roles. Freda has just finished recording a new jazz album to be released in 2014. She says "The Four Tops, The Platters and The Temptations are three iconic male groups who have laid their musical imprint in American history. I am honored to be touring with these guys. They are the best and we are like family.''
The 2014 tour dates are:
Fri 21st: Liverpool Echo Arena;
Sat 22nd : Bournmouth BIC; Sun 23rd: Birmingham NIA;
Wed 26th: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium;
Thurs 27th: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena;
Fri 28th: Nottingham Capital FM Arena;
Sun 30th: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena;
Tues 1st: Leeds Arena;
Wed 2nd: Manchester Arena;
Thur 3rd: London O2 Arena (Lower Bowl).