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Levi Stubbs

Born: 1936-06-06 - Died: 2008-10-17
Cause of Death:
Cancer & Stroke


Death Summary: Levi Stubbs was diagnosed with cancer in 1995, shortly after he also suffered a stroke effectively stopping his touring days.

Stubbs passed away in his sleep at his Detroit home on October 17, 2008 after his long illness.

Who was Levi Stubbs : Stubbs was a baritone singer who is best known for being the lead vocalist of the Motown R&B supergroup The Four Tops.

The Four Tops began as a small “supper-club” act but eventually signed with Motown Records in 1963.

By the end of the 1960’s The Four Tops had over a dozen hits to their name some of which include "Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "It's the Same Old Song", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", "Still Water (Love)", and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)".

Little known fact: Stubbs was the voice of Mother Brain in the animated TV series Captain N: The Game Master.
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13 Signatures in Levi Stubbs's guestbook

  1. terri Says:

    God bless you.Rest in peace.

  2. joseph cardillo Says:

    Levi, your voice made me so happy, no one will ever fill the void that you have left in the music industry. We will meet again in a better place where you will be singing with the angels. Love you BRO

  3. godfrey j stubbs Says:

    rest in peace cus (cat island)

  4. grim Says:

    was it gang related

  5. Donna Says:

    I grew up listening to Motown and R&B. I have loved this music all my life and I am now 54. The Four Tops were my favorite group and Levi Stubbs voice was the most genuine and carismatic I have ever heard. There will NEVER be another voice that will touch my heart as did his. Levi may you rest in peace and know that your music will live in my heart forever and I will never tire of listening to your songs. I love you and miss you very much.

  6. Pam Says:

    Three words to describe The Four Tops,Talent,Artistry and CLASS! Rest in peace Mr.Stubbs,your beautiful voice will always live.

  7. kathy mitchell mcalphin Says:

    i remember coming toMr. Stubbs house while visiting my cousin, denise freeman while on vacation from arkansas. I always felt welcomed & at home there. Will always remember the Stubbs family in my prayers

  8. Pam Says:

    A true artist and the best singer of my youth! I fell in love with Levi Stubbs beautiful voice and remain in love with it. RIP Mr. Stubbs and God Bless your family and Four Tops family.

  9. proud to be black Says:

    1st off…much respect to Mr. Stubb’s, and may you rest in peace. You were a part of one of the most talented and influencial singing groups by far. I still listen to the music of the group till this day…Now on the topic of “GRIM”, whoever you are, your name describes you well. You need to get off all of these memorial sites and crawl back into the hole you creeped out of. You are a racist, biggot, and a hateful person. You must have not one “living” person that cares about you in your pathetic life, and for that you spend all your waking minutes (if you ever do go to sleep because of all of your misery) disrepecting the people who can obviously not defend themselves against all of your filth. I only wish you would have a spot here when you croak. I’d like to leave you a few lines….ah maybe not your not worth a second of anybody’s time!!! GET A LIFE and set an example for the race you think to be superior!!!

  10. Stuart B Says:

    Heard your voice when I was only Severn years old,it change the way I listen to music forever.god bless you levi

  11. Val Baker Says:

    One of the finest vocalists ever,unforgettable.
    Now at rest with the angels

  12. tye gunn Says:

    RIP Levi Stubbs A Motown and vocal Legend.

  13. Mike Jackson Says:

    This is a tribute to one of the most beautiful voices that GOD has graced us with, He had the voice to move you to tears which is only God given from the time that I heard this magnificent voice in 1964. Bernadette, and everything else that followed has been a songful blessing for the world than you Levi sleep until, God calls you to sing in his heavenly quire rest in love that you have given us with your talent


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