Bernadette (Four Tops song)

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"Bernadette"
Single by Four Tops
from the album Reach Out
B-side "Something About You" or "I've Got a Feeling"
Released February 16, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
Detroit, Michigan; 1966
Genre Soul/pop
Length 3:00
Label Motown
M 1104
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Standing in the Shadows of Love"
1966
"Bernadette"
1967
"7-Rooms of Gloom"
1967

"Bernadette" is a 1967 hit song recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written, composed, and produced by Motown's main production team, the Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland partnership, the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s.[1] Depicting a man's excessive desire for and jealousy over his girlfriend, the song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was The Four Tops's final Top 10 hit of the 1960s.[2] On the soul chart, "Bernadette" went to number three.[3] It also reached #8 in the UK.[4] In 1972, the song "Keeper of the Castle" would return them to the Top 10 charts. "Bernadette" is known for its false ending, when the chorus holds a long cadence note and then Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs shouts out the title and goes on with his insecure passions as the song ends in a fade out. Critic Maury Dean described the effectiveness of Stubb's shout of "BERNADETTE!!!" as being the key ingredient in getting listeners to buy the record, even if Bernadette herself may not have heard him.[5]

Allmusic critic John Bush calls it "dramatic" and "impassioned."[6]

Interpretations by other artists[edit]

The song was remade in French and released by Claude François under the same title.[7]

Personnel[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 50 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ "Four Tops Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212. 
  4. ^ "Four Tops charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  5. ^ Dean, M. (2003). Rock 'n' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 164. ISBN 0875862071. 
  6. ^ Bush, J. "Reach Out". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Claude François - Bernadette" on YouTube

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