Obie Benson

Obie Benson

Original Name Renaldo
Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 1 Jul 2005 (aged 68)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 11276174 · View Source
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Singer, songwriter. A founding member of the Motown group The Four Tops. A native of Detroit, Obie along with founding members Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir and Lawrence Payton (d. 1997), the group was originally named 'The Four Aimes' when they started out in 1954 singing at a Detroit party. They signed a contract with Chess Records and then changed their name to 'The Four Tops'. They had no sucessful recordings with Chess Records. Over the next few years they had signed various contracts with Red Tops, Columbia and Riverside Records and all proved unsuccessful as well. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and had such hits as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Reach Out (I’ll be There)," "I Can’t Help Myself" and "Standing in the Shadows of Love." The group was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. One of Obie's greatest songwriting accomplishment was when he, along with Al Cleveland co-wrote with Marvin Gaye the 1971 hit "What's Going On."

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  • Added: 1 Jul 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11276174
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Obie Benson (14 Jun 1937–1 Jul 2005), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11276174, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .