Motown legend passes away

Levi Stubbs was 72

Motown legend Levi Stubbs died today (October 17). He was 72.

The Four Tops' frontman passed away in his sleep at his Detroit home. The singer had been ill in recent months, reports the Associated Press.

Stubbs was considered to have one of the most distinctive baritone voices in America, and helped lead his band to achieve 20 Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1973.

The Four Tops performed together with the same line-up for more than 40 years. Their biggest hits included 1965's 'I Can't Help Myself' and 1966's 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)'.

They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Billy Bragg wrote a song about the renowned singer called 'Levi Stubbs' Tears', which appeared on his album 'Talking With The Taxman About Poetry'.

Stubbs is survived by his wife, five children and 11 grandchildren.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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