‘Four Tops’ Singer Levi Stubbs Dies at 72

Legendary Four Tops vocalist Levi Stubbs has died at the age of 72.

Motown legend and Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs passed away in his home today (October 17) following a series of illnesses, according to Billboard.com. He was 72.

Stubbs and the Four Tops were responsible for some of the most enduring songs in pop and R&B history, from “Baby I Need Your Loving” to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” to “Reach Out I’ll Be There”. Over their storied career, the Tops sold more than 50 million records and scored 45 chart hits, maintaining their original lineup of Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, and Lawrence Payton for more than 40 years.

Stubbs continued regularly performing with the group until 2000, when illness forced him off the road.

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One thought on “‘Four Tops’ Singer Levi Stubbs Dies at 72

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    I loved Levi Stubbs. The man’s voice was hauntingly brilliant. “Standing in the Shadows of Love and “Bernadette” ached with such powerful gloominess.
    I have a feeling he was a great man too. He was a team player with the 4 Tops and not a self-promoter. I am so thankful the planet was graced with his presence.


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