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Sunday, October 19, 2008

R.I.P. Levi Stubbs

This makes me extremely sad. Well, the Dateline tribute video from Friday night that I posted here got taken down, but...

Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs passed away at age 72 Friday, and admittedly, I cried like a baby when I found out. The two clips I've posted below really show that not only could Stubbs blow any of today's manufactured pop singers out of the water when singing live (the "Reach Out I'll Be There" vid), but Motown probably will never be matched in its structuring of simplistic, catchy hooks.

Levi Stubbs always had one of the most memorable voices in pop, and I can't imagine my teenage summers without having on the Pittsburgh oldies station while driving around listening to the Four Tops.

And, of course, Little Shop Of Horrors (the movie) just wouldn't have been the same without him!

In 1991, after discovering the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" in my parents' old 45s, I infamously swore off modern pop to my friends and told them I was only going to listen to Motown for the rest of my life. That lasted for about three days.

Luckily I got to see the Four Tops twice in concert before Stubbs retired.

Goodnight, Levi :*(

* The Huffington Post
* New York Times
* Los Angeles Times
* Entertainment Weekly

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  • At 7:22 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I am reminded of the great Billy Bragg song Levi Stubbs' Tears. Do you know that one?

  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger John said…

    Thanks for noting the passing. Even though he hasn't been in the public eye for years, there's no denying his voice and its influence on modern music. Who would even dare to compare themselves to him in this day and age?

  • At 9:21 AM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    Very touching tribute, D'luvzie. No doubt that Levi could smoke any of today's pop-tarts. Now I need to listen to some Four Tops again...

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    XO, I don't, but read about it one of the tributes. Will have to take a listen.

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