Friday, October 17, 2008

Motown Loses Another Legend

One week from today (Friday) as a part of our 35th Reunion activities at Vanderbilt, Vice Chancellor David Williams will be presenting his "History of Motown" to what is expected to be an overflow crowd in the Board of Trust Room at the Student Life Center on 25th Avenue South, right across from Memorial Gym (from 4:00 to 5:30PM).

Unfortunately, just days before we all come together, Motown has lost another of its recording legends.Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of the Four Tops, has passed away at the age of 72, according to a report by CNN.

Stubbs, described as possessing "one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown" stars had been ill in recent days and died in his sleep at the Detriot home which he shared with his wife. Audrey Smith, the chief operating officer of the Motown Historical Museum told CNN that Stubbs "fits right up there with all the icons of Motown. His voice was as unique as Marvin's on as Smokey's or as Stevie's."

In his memory, let's take a moment to watch and listen once again to Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops perform one of their greatest hits during a concert in Miami back in 2007. The song is "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" and the fans know all the words...

The Four Tops reportedly performed for more than four decades without a single change in personnel. However, time has taken its toll in recent years. According to CNN, Stubbs'death leaves just one surviving member of the orginal group: Abdul "Duke" Fakir. Here they are performing another one of the Four Tops great hits of the 1960s, "Baby, I Need Your Loving"....

And there's more, how a look back at Motown and the city of Detroit while listening to "Reach Out, I'll Be There"..

The Four Tops sold millions of records over the years and left their fans with an unforgettable string of recordings. If you have any memories to share about Levi Stubbs, The Four Tops or Motown, please feel free to leave by clicking on the comments link below.

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