Bernadette (Four Tops song)
|Single by Four Tops|
|from the album Reach Out|
|B-side||"Something About You" or "I've Got a Feeling"|
|Released||February 16, 1967|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
Detroit, Michigan; 1966
|Four Tops singles chronology|
"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. 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. On the soul chart, "Bernadette" went to number three. It also reached #8 in the UK. 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.
- Lead vocals by Levi Stubbs
- Background vocals by Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Lawrence Payton, and The Andantes: Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- Written and composed by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr.
- Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
Notes and references
- 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.
- "Four Tops Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212.
- "Four Tops charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- Dean, M. (2003). Rock 'n' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 164. ISBN 0875862071.
- Bush, J. "Reach Out". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-15.