Paul McCartney and George Harrison attend a Four Tops’ concert

Saturday, January 28, 1967
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Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

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On this day, Paul McCartney and George Harrison attended a concert by the Four Tops at the Royal Albert Hall. That same night, an event called “A Million Volt Light & Sound Rave” took place where The Beatles’ experimental track, “Carnival Of Light“, was played.

The Four Tops were a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, who rose to become one of the most successful American pop music groups of the 1960s. They played a pivotal role in propelling the Motown label to global fame. When they sought to establish themselves in the UK, they approached Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager, who arranged for them to perform at his London Saville Theatre in November 1966.

[Brian Epstein] told us that he had seen us perform, and if you give me your top performance, I’ll guarantee that when you come back, you’ll be front page news. We did do one of our best shows and he was so happy, he was almost crying. The audience was standing in the aisles calling for more and more and he said, ‘You guys did it!’

Duke Fakir – Four Tops founding member – From How the Beatles manager helped the Four Tops become stars in the U.K. (, May 2019

From Meet the Beatles for Real: Brian Epstein is tops!The Four Tops at the Royal Albert Hall, January 1967.  Prior to rehearsals for their concert there, the group greets Brian Epstein, promoter of their UK tour, and another London visitor, singer Del Shannon.  From left are Tops members Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton and Abdul “Duke” Fakir, with Epstein, second left, and Shannon, second right.  Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs Jr. is not shown.

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