"Bernadette" is a 1967 hit song recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written, composed, and produced by Motown's main production team, the Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland partnership, the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s.
The song's lyrics depict a man's excessive desire for and jealousy over his girlfriend.
The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was The Four Tops's final Top 10 hit of the 1960s. On the soul chart, "Bernadette" went to number three. It also reached #8 in the UK.
The song is notable for its false ending, where the instruments drop out and the background singers hold a chord. The lead singer then shouts "Bernadette" and the song resumes, ending in a fade-out. Critic Maury Dean described the effectiveness of Stubb's shout of "BERNADETTE!!!" as being the key ingredient in getting listeners to buy the record, even if Bernadette herself may not have heard him.
Allmusic critic John Bush calls it "dramatic" and "impassioned."
- Category: 1966 songs
- Category: 1967 singles
- Category: 1967 songs
- Category: Four Tops songs
- Category: Motown singles
- Category: Song recordings produced by Brian Holland
- Category: Song recordings produced by Lamont Dozier
- Category: Songs written by HollandâDozierâHolland
- album: Reach Out (Four Tops album)
- genre: Popular music
- genre: Soul music
- musicalArtist: Four Tops
- musicalBand: Four Tops
- performer: Four Tops
- previousWork: Standing in the Shadows of Love
- producer: Brian Holland
- producer: Lamont Dozier
- record label: Motown
- recordLabel: Motown
- recordedIn: Detroit
- recordedIn: Hitsville U.S.A.
- releaseDate: 19670216
- subclass of: single
- subsequentWork: 7-Rooms of Gloom
- writer: HollandâDozierâHolland