FRAZER ASHFORD

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Levi Stubbs was the emotional and dramatic voice behind the sound of 'The 4 Tops'.

 

The vocal quartet originated in Detroit, Michigan, and helped to define the classic sound of Motown.

 

Founded as 'The Four Aims', lead singer Levi, and fellow band members Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change of personnel.

 

Levi's repertoire included soul, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz and show tunes.

 

Diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and suffering a stroke a few years later, he died in his sleep on October 17th, 2008 at his home in Detroit.

 

Levi used to amuse himself backstage by playing poker not only with the rest of the 'Tops' but also with the members of their orchestra.

 

This picture was taken during one such poker session at Fairfield Halls, Croydon,South London on the evening of  11th November 1977.

 

LEVI STUBBS

THE 4 TOPS

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