Endlessly underrated, Hardin wrote some of the most beautiful and enduring songs of his day, including the much-covered 'If I Were A Carpenter' and 'Reason To Believe.'
The Detroit native teamed up with his original bandmates in 1953, and has been a Top ever since.
'I've Passed This Way Before' made its debut on Billboard’s Top Selling R&B Singles chart of Christmas Eve 1966.
It’s better to burn out than to fade away… but sometimes a band does neither. After decades on the road, the oldest bands in music history still bring the noise.
'I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)' became Richard's last Top 20 R&B hit and featured a future superstar guitarist.
The group were on a roll from the success of 'God Only Knows' when Brian Wilson's new masterpiece 'Good Vibrations' gave them their first UK No. 1.
The track evoked the Summer of Love of a few months earlier and made lyrical reference to The Beatles.
In late 1965, 'I Got You (I Feel Good)' became the Godfather's second big crossover single in a row.
The Chicago singer was badly in need of a hit when his 'Live!' album started to sell, then he recorded a single that topped the R&B chart.
'Motown Chartbusters Volume 4' was not only another collection of big hits from the label, it became the latest No.1 in the series itself.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland classic was released in the US just three weeks after ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ had finished its two-week reign.
‘If I Were A Carpenter’ is also closely associated with the Four Tops, Johnny Cash & June Carter and many others.
The Motown quartet's skill in customizing pop material was especially clear when they covered Jimmy Webb.
In memory of the much-missed troubadour, songwriter and unique performer.
The group's dramatic delivery and the peerlessly plaintive lead vocals of Levi Stubbs became their most famous calling card.