And Then There Was One, Levi Stubbs Dies 20-Oct-2008 Written by: Mic Mell
Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, died Friday.
At age 72, Motown Legend Levi Stubbs left this world Friday night. He was the lead singer for the Four Tops, and racked up 24 Top 40 hits with the group. The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and Stubbs is recognized as one of the most unique voices in American Music.
Unlike the smooth, slick sound of his Motown counterparts, Stubbs sang with pure emotion, and sometimes it seemed the songs could barely contain his expression. KBS radio reported on a statement issued by Motown founder Berry Gordy: “His integrity and character were impeccable. I have never seen a more dedicated person -- to his wife, his group, his friends.” Fellow Motown Legend Smokey Robinson said, “Levi Stubbs was one of the great voices of all times. 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.”
Stubbs leaves behind his wife, five children and eleven grandchildren. With his passing, the only original member of the Four Tops who is still alive is Abdul "Duke" Fakir, who still tours with the Tops.