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The lead singer of the Four Tops dies

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Levi Stubbs  1936-2008

One of the most distinctive voices of the legendary Motown Sound has been silenced. Levi Stubbs passed away in his sleep at his home in Detroit, according to reports today. He was 72.

Stubbs was the frontman for the Four Tops who sold millions of records, among them classics like, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” ” Baby I Need Your Loving”  and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Also, Stubbs did some film work and provided the voice for Audrey II, the man-eating plant, in the movie “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Stubbs had been ill, but no details on what caused his death. There is now only one surviving member of the original Four Tops, Abdul “Duke” Fakir.

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