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Motown legend talks breaking barriers, civil rights, and glory days

the Four Tops in concert
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Fakir said that while the music scene in that era could be competitive, "It was a family."

The Four Tops, the Temptations, and the Stylistics will be performing this Saturday at the Legends of Motown Show in Sterling Heights.

Abdul "Duke" Fakir, a founding member of the Four Tops, joined Stateside to talk about the show and the band's history.

Fakir said Motown was influential all over the world.

"In all the cultures, it was making an impact," Fakir said. "It was being played in some houses where our black music was not being played, and it was all across the world... It was just absolutely amazing that that little seed planted right there in Detroit grew to be such a global flower, and it's just amazing how it caught on in the world."

Listen above to hear how the Four Tops stuck together for 44 years, what the group's recording environment was like, and how Motown spread from Detroit to have a global impact.

Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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