Four Tops’ lead singer Levi Stubbs Dies At 72
The lead singer of legendary Motown group The Four Tops died on Friday at his home in Detroit. Stubbs had suffered numerous health problems including cancer and a stroke.
The baritone singer began his music career while in high school with friends Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton. The quartet originally called themselves The Four Aims and signed onto Chess Records in 1956. It wasn’t until the group signed with Berry Gordy’s Motown Records in the early sixties did they become chart-toppers with hit songs like ” I Can’t Help Myself (Suger Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “It’s The Same Old Song.”
Stubbs’ death leaves Abdul “Duke” Fair as the only living member of the original Tops line-up. Lawrence Payton passed away in 1997 and Renaldo Benson died in 2005.