Levi Stubbs, the longtime lead singer of the Four Tops, passed away today at his home in Detroit. He was 72.
The Billboard.com obituary is here.
Mr. Stubbs’s voice soared on such great Holland-Dozier-Holland songs as “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.”
But I want to stream one of the group’s post-HDH hits – “Still Water (Love),” co-written by Smokey Robinson. Click here to listen.
And below is a heartbreaking video of Levi Stubbs – wheelchair-bound and overcome by emotions – performing with Aretha Franklin. (I have no details about when this took place.)