Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tribute To Levi Stubbs, Booming Baritone Of The Four Tops

Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of the outstanding Motown group The Four Tops, passed away at the age of 72. The group's 1960s pop classics included "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Bernadette" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)."

Davis's passionate leads were a prime reason for The Four Tops' success. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum inducted them in 1990, stating, "Stubbs’ bold, dramatic readings of some of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s choicest material set a high standard for contemporary soul in the mid-Sixties."

The video above is from a concert recorded in 2004 in Miami. Stubbs' rendition of "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" was as powerful as ever. Listening to it now, we're reminded why Stubbs and his group lifted the spirits of so many for so long.

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