R.I.P. Levi Stubbs
Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, passed away today at age 72. His health had been deteriorating for years after enduring both cancer and stroke. The Four Tops as a group was indisputably trailblazing and Levi Stubbs was iconic as a showman. You’d have to be living under a rock to not know at least one Four Tops song by heart considering they had a whopping twenty Top 40 hits in their ten years at Motown.
My favorite thing about Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops, however, were the Temptations/ Four Tops feuds. I posted a clip of one of these famous coon-offs a while ago, please check out my orginal commentary about it through the link and study the video below as I consider it required viewing for all black folks.
A leser-known fact about Levi Stubbs is that he voiced Audrey II in one of my favorite movies, Little Shop of Horrors. He was so perfect for this role and really brought that weirdo plant to life. Check out this clip of “Feed Me,” a musical number from a soundtrack that I actually own and play. Wasn’t no shame in Levi’s game and ain’t no shame in mine. He will be missed.