Words of Mourning - Levi Stubbs Oct 21, 2008 20:54:14 GMT -5
Post by Motorcity on Oct 21, 2008 20:54:14 GMT -5
Words of mourning
Music industry leaders mourned the loss of Levi Stubbs, the voice of the Four Tops. Here's what some of them had to say:
• "Motown's most soulful voice was silenced today with the death of our brother Levi Stubbs. He was an inspiration to us as songwriters and producers. We enjoyed a lot of success and many good times with him in the studio and out. He will be greatly missed."
Brian Holland and Eddie Holland, songwriter-producers
• "One of the great singers of this contemporary time is no longer with us, but his voice will be forever. Levi Stubbs was one of the most emulated and respected vocalists of our time. Levi was a beautiful individual spiritually and helped a lot of people with his tremendous talent. I will miss him."
Lamont Dozier, songwriter-producer
• "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend, Levi Stubbs. It is not only a tremendous personal loss for me, but for the Motown family, and people all over the world who were touched by his rare voice and remarkable spirit. ...
"He could easily have made it as a solo star, but his love and loyalty for Obie, Lawrence and Duke kept them together longer than any group I know. His integrity and character were impeccable. I have never seen a more dedicated person -- to his wife, his group, his friends."
Berry Gordy Jr., Motown Records founder
Top of the charts
As the lead singer of the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs lent his vocal talents to dozens of Motown hits. He also was the voice of the killer plant, Audrey II, in the 1986 movie "Little Shop of Horrors." He sang all of these Top 10 Four Tops songs:
• "I Can't Help Myself" (1965)
• "It's the Same Old Song" (1965)
• "Reach Out I'll Be There" (1966)
• "Standing in the Shadows of Love" (1966)
• "Bernadette" (1967)
• "Keeper Of The Castle" (1972)
• "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" (1973)