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Paul Gambaccini profiles Motown giants the Four Tops, who - alongside the Supremes - perfected soulful pop melodramas with huge chart success. Sixties gems include Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can't Help Myself, Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over), Reach Out I'll Be There, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Bernadette and 7 Rooms of Gloom, plus dozens of other hits across three decades. With input from Motown songwriting giants Brian Holland and Eddie Holland , Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), and Four Tops Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Renaldo "Obie" Benson, who died in July. Producer Graham Diss
Paul Gambaccini introduces the world premiere of a 40-year-old musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The first of their many collaborations, The Likes of Us tells the story of Dr Thomas Barnardo (1845-1905) and his charitable work for destitute children. Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and a cast headed by narrator Stephen Fry under the direction of Simon Lee , recorded at London's Mermaid Theatre.
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