Still Water – The Four Tops

09 Feb
Still Water – The Four Tops

“Still Water (Love)” is a 1970 hit single written by Smokey Robinson and Frank Wilson (who also produced the track) for Motown singing group The Four Tops, who took the song to the Top Ten of the UK Pop Charts and to #11 in the US Pop Chart.[1]

The socially conscious single was a departure from the group’s past recordings and produced a smoother sound than the raucous Norman Whitfield productions that belayed on The Temptations. The single features Miracles member Marv Tarplin on guitar and The Andantes adding in additional background vocals shouting out “Still water!” Singers Brenda Joyce Evans and Billie Rae Calvin, brought to Motown by Bobby Taylor (and soon to be part of Norman Whitfield’s group The Undisputed Truth), also add backing vocals. The single became The Tops’ first Top Ten R&B hit since 1967’s “Bernadette“.

This song was noted for its repeated chord phrases, beginning with E-Flat Major, shifting to C Minor, then to B-Flat Major, before re to E-Flatt Major, over and over again, with any changes or alterations to the song’s fade.


Posted by on SatAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-09T09:20:48-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSat, 09 Feb 2019 09:20:48 -0800 31, in pop music/motown



4 responses to “Still Water – The Four Tops

  1. EclecticMusicLover

    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-04-20T09:32:14-08:00America/Los_Angeles04bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 20 Apr 2018 09:32:14 -0800 31, at 0:00

    You keep featuring great songs that I love!

    Liked by 1 person

    • America On Coffee

      FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-04-20T11:41:43-08:00America/Los_Angeles04bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 20 Apr 2018 11:41:43 -0800 31, at 0:00

      I’m with you! What a journey!

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  2. davidprosser

    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-04-20T13:32:08-08:00America/Los_Angeles04bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 20 Apr 2018 13:32:08 -0800 31, at 0:00

    This is a great record and an indication of why The Four Tops were the strongest male group ever produced by Motown. They were smooth and Levi’s voice was brilliant. Smokey Robinson and Frank Wilson did a fantastic job writing this.

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    • America On Coffee

      FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-04-20T18:59:11-08:00America/Los_Angeles04bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:59:11 -0800 31, at 0:00

      You said it all!! Two thumbs Up!!❤❤❤❤

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