"7 Rooms of Gloom" is a song recorded by the Motown Records vocal quartet the Four Tops. It was released as a single in 1967 on the Motown label and reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was a Top 10 R&B Hit, charting at #10. It was also a hit in the UK, their seventh, staying for nine weeks in the UK Singles Charts and reaching #12 and in the Netherlands where it made #23 in the Dutch Top 40.
|"7 Rooms of Gloom"|
|Single by Four Tops|
|from the album Reach Out|
|B-side||"I'll Turn to Stone"|
|Released||May 2, 1967|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1967|
|Producer(s)||Brian Holland |
|Four Tops singles chronology|
Described as "throbbing with dread over a racing minor key dominated arrangement" it was written by Holland–Dozier–Holland. The single's B-side was "I'll Turn to Stone" also written by Holland-Dozier-Holland with R Dean Taylor. That song made a separate chart entry, and peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #50 on the R&B Charts.
Cash Box called it a "thumping, fast-moving, blues-oriented rocker" that is a "real powerhouse."
The song begins with Levi Stubbs doing a spoken recitation, which gets repeated twice with alterations.
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