Category: when she was my girl

On this day in music history: October 10, 1981…

On this day in music history: October 10, 1981 – “When She Was My Girl” by The Four Tops hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #11 on the Hot 100 on November 7, 1981. Written by Marc Blatte and Larry Gottleib, it is third and final R&B chart topper for the legendary vocal group. Newly signed to Casablanca Records in 1981, The Four Tops look to recapture the hit making pace of their post-Motown years at ABC/Dunhill Records during the 70’s. The track features prominent LA studio musicians Jeff Porcaro (drums), Nathan East (bass), David Williams, Carlos Rios, David Wolfert (guitars), Ralph Schuckett (melodica) and Billy Meyers (keyboards). Working with producer David Wolfert, the track is cut at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, CA in early 1981. The Four Tops baritone Renaldo “Obie” Benson adds the songs crowning touch when he improvises the “bom, bom, bom, bom, bom” vocal hook in the middle and at the end of the song. Issued as the first single from their twenty second studio album “Tonight!” in August of 1981, it gives The Four Tops their first major hit in nearly eight years. “When She Was My Girl” is the last major hit in the US for the veteran group. The Four Tops make the Top 40 on the Billboard 100 one final time with “Indestructible” (#35 Pop, #57 R&B) in October of 1988.