RIP Levi Stubbs

Posted on: Saturday, Oct 18, 2008

DETROIT (AP) – Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs, whose dynamic and emotive voice drove such Motown classics as “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” and “Baby I Need Your Loving,” died Friday at 72.

He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife, said Dana Meah, the wife of a grandson. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death.

With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records and performed for more than four decades without a change in personnel.

“Levi Stubbs was one of the great voices of all times,” former Motown labelmate Smokey Robinson said. “He was very near and dear to my heart. He was my friend and my brother, I miss him. God bless his family and comfort them.”



October 19th, 2008 at 14:15
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Very sad news indeed…one of Motown’s most emotional and soulful vocalists. RIP Levi.



October 19th, 2008 at 21:09
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Yeah, have to admit “The Tops” were my favourite motown group, and along with Marvin Gaye, Levi was probably the best Motown singer of all time. RIP Levi