At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we believe in participating in and attending local Charleston community events as often as we can. Communities hold power, and so do its people. This power can be used to lift others up who are in need of legal aid, necessities like food or shelter, or even the need to feel like they belong and that they are able to feel at ease. Community events inspire.
They can also be just plain fun. Today we’d like to share a fun story about Attorney J. Timothy DiPiero’s experience back in July 2022 at a local concert at the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta. He got to sing with the Four Tops!
You can watch the video with the performance on our Facebook page here.
Below is his telling of this experience:
“A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, also known as The Charleston Levy:
On Friday evening, July 1, I was driving into Charleston from playing golf, and noticed a buddy of mine from Detroit, Vic Diehl, who is a senior Bball legend in national and international basketball tournaments, had called me. So, I called him back and told him I was about to go down to the Levy and see some of his Motown brethren. He asked me what I was talking about and I told him that The Spinners and Four Tops were playing at our local Charleston Sternwheel Regatta. He immediately said that his nephew, Sean Tatum, was the manager of the Four Tops, and I should go tell him hello. I said I’ll be getting there late and there’ll be no way to get near the stage.
Anyway, I caught the second half of The Spinners, who were great, and visited with some friends. When the Four Tops took a while to come on, I weaved through the crowd and got up near the stage. Woody Woods, who was on stage, hollered at me and asked me what’s up. I asked Woody if he knew the manager for the Four Tops or where he was. He said he didn’t but took me to the back of the stage and told me he’d be walking by there.
Sure enough, here come a few folks, and a guy helping one of the original Four Tops, 86-year-old Abdul Fakir, up to the stage. I called out and asked if Sean Tatum was around. He said he was Sean and I told him that my senior Bball buddy, Vic Diehl, told me to say hello. He got excited and told me to “wait right there.” I did and he escorted me to the side of the stage and got me a chair, and I watched the incredible Four Tops, from right on the side of the stage, electrify the crowd.
Sean left and when he came back, I was singing and dancing. Before I knew it, while the band was playing “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” he motioned to the lead singer to get me out there with them. He did and the rest is history. I told my son, Luca, that I’m currently in negotiations to re-name the group The Five Tops. He said, “You mean The Four Tops Plus One Bald Top,” which I thought was rather cold. I have to admit, having come from playing golf, wearing a golf hat and golf shirt with Bermuda shorts and a belt, I looked extremely caucasian, but after I made my short debut on stage, the lead singer asked me if I wanted a job! So, I may be retiring from the law and taking my Motown moves on the road soon. Many thanks to my friend, Vic, and his nephew, Sean, for a wonderfully fun experience!”