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 Post subject: Levi Stubb= R.I.P.
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:24 am 
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Levi Stubbs, the gruff-voiced yet exceedingly expressive frontman of soul music giants the Four Tops, has passed away at age 72 in his Detroit home. The powerful lead singer on hit singles including 'I Can't Help Myself,' 'It's the Same Old Song,' 'Reach Out I'll Be There,' 'Standing in the Shadows of Love' and 'Bernadette' in the 1960s, Stubbs had been ill in recent years, having recently been debilitated by a stroke and cancer that forced his retirement in 2000.

The Four Tops began their career around 1953 in Detroit as the Four Aims and, after a name change, signed to Berry Gordy's Motown label in 1963. After a commercially and creatively fertile career at the legendary hitmaking factory, in which they were under the care of the acclaimed songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the Tops' hit string continued in the '70s on ABC-Dunhill with songs such as 'Keeper of the Castle' and 'Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got).' The original quartet remained together for an astounding 44 years, until the death of Lawrence Payton in 1997. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.




Stubbs also put his distinctive vocal talents to good use as the voice of the killer plant Audrey II in the 1986 film 'Little Shop of Horrors.' And while the Four Tops brand carries on with replacements, with Abdul "Duke" Fakir being the only surviving member (Renaldo "Obie" Benson died in 2005), it can be said that the group ceased to exist in any appreciable form once Levi Stubbs' robust baritone no longer l



Another sad day in Music

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 Post subject: RIP
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:( A sad day. It has been a rough year. Another of the great voices is gone. The Four Tops spread the word of love world wide. And Levi was the heart & soul of the group. I met him on a few occasions, and besides being a personable person, he always had a smile for me. We shall miss him. Rest In Peace.

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Just about to play my fave Four Tops singles in memorium of his passing.

R.I.P. Mr. Stubbs. :(

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One of the greatest voices that ever came out of the Motor City.
Will be sadly missed but his distinctive vocal tones will live on for a long time to come!

God Bless & R.I.P.

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Man!...i feel sad today....

Listen to Levi sing live....

The voice.....truely touched by God!




Levi Stubbs & The Four Tops - "Baby I Need Your Loving"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61pncmVOHFM

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 Post subject: Four Tops
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:03 am 
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Levi & The 4 Tops give me so many memories of my youth & of my disco memories. One of the songs always played in the clubs during my first 2 years was "DON'T BRING BACK MEMORIES"
The crowds loved to hustle to this song.
This & Eddie Kendricks' "DATE WITH THE RAIN" were always back-to-back.

The 45 was only 3 minutes (you had to have 2) but I did hear a remix,
a 4 Tops remix---original vocals & music with a new bongo track.

If anyone runs into this version, please drop me a line!!!!

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 Post subject: RIP
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:54 pm 
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It has been a very rough year. Rest In Peace.

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how lucky was we to have such an artist.


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