Benson, Obie


Benson, Obie
▪ 2006
Renaldo Benson 
      American singer and songwriter (b. June 14, 1936, Detroit, Mich.—d. July 1, 2005, Detroit,), lent his powerful bass vocals to the legendary Motown group the Four Tops. Benson founded the group with Lawrence Payton, Abdul (“Duke”) Fakir, and Levi Stubbs in 1953. They initially played nightclubs, often performing with such jazz greats as Count Basie and Billy Eckstine. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and soon scored hits with pop-inflected tunes such as “Baby I Need Your Loving ” (1964), “I Can't Help Myself” (1965), and “Reach Out, I'll Be There” (1966). In 1969 Benson wrote the protest song “What's Going On,” which became a hit for Marvin Gaye.

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