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Levi Stubbs

Born: June 6, 1936, Detroit, Michigan
Died: October 17, 2008 (age 72), Detroit, Michigan

Levi StubbsLevi Stubbles, better known by the stage name Levi Stubbs, was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the Motown R&B group The Four Tops.

What do you know about Levi Stubbs? Try this quick quiz.

1. In 1954, Levi Stubbs began his professional singing career with friends Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton. What was the name of the singing group?

  • The Four Aims
  • The Four Boys
  • The Detroit Bings

2. In 1956, after having signed with Chess Records, the group changed their name to the Four Tops. The name change was meant to avoid confusion with the then-popular Ames Brothers.

  • Fact or Myth?

3. The Four Tops began as a supper-club act before signing to Motown Records. When did they join Motown Records?

  • 1957
  • 1963
  • 1965

4. "Baby I Need Your Loving" was Levi and The Four Tops Top 25 Pop chart hit. What was their #1 Pop and R&B hit?

  • "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
  • "I Just Can't Walk Away"
  • "If Ever a Love There Was"

5. What is considered The Four Tops signature song?

  • "I Just Can't Walk Away"
  • "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)"
  • "Reach Out I'll Be There"

6. Although Stubbs was a natural baritone, most Four Tops' hits were written in a tenor range to give the lead vocals a sense of urgency.

  • Fact or Myth?

7. When was The Four Tops elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  • 1985
  • 1990
  • 2000

8. In 1960, who did Levi Stubbs marry?

  • Clineice
  • Alice
  • Mary

9. What was the cause of death?

  • Cancer
  • Stoke
  • Cardiac arrest

10. Where is Levi Stubbs buried?

  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California
  • Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
  • Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, California

Answers

  • 1. The Four Aims
  • 2. Fact
  • 3. 1963
  • 4. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
  • 8. Clineice
  • 5. "Reach Out I'll Be There"
  • 6. Fact
  • 7. 1990
  • 8. Clineice
  • 9. Cancer
  • Angels on your pillow10. Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

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