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Stubbs, known as Four Tops frontman, led group to the charts

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"DETROIT - The Detroit medical examiner's office says Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs has died at age 72.Four Tops 10 2008.jpg

"Stubbs was the lead vocalist for the group, which began as the Four Aims in 1954.

"Top hits for the Motown quartet included "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby I Need Your Loving," and "Bernadette."

"He also worked as an actor. In one of his most notable roles, he provided the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II in the movie version of musical "Little Shop of Horrors" in 1986.


Stubbs and wife Clineice had five children. He had stopped touring with the latest version of the Four Tops in 2000 after being diagnosed with cancer and later suffering a stroke."


Sad news on a man who many remember as epitomizing the Four Tops and the Motown sound during Motown's '60s and early '70s heyday.

Stubbs was a very distinctive singer. His soulful, bluesy vocal style often made the song, and elevated the classic hits that the Four Tops were known for.

More news:

Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, dies at 72
Los Angeles Times, CA - 7 minutes ago
AP AP The Four Tops in 1990, from left, Renaldo 'Obie' Benson, Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Lawrence Payton. Benson died in 2005, Payton in 1997. ...

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The meaning and importance of the Grammy was discussed in a panel appropriately titled "How to win a Grammy," at the Radio Notas conference in Los Angeles.

More on the RyN Conf:

Among the panelists were composer Edgar Cortazar, producer Sebastian Krys, singer Sunny Sauceda and singer/songwriter Aleks Syntek. Moderating was top producer KC Porter.

According to Radio Notas, "Hablar del Grammy es hablar de palabras mayores ya que nos referimos a uno de los máximos reconocimientos que un artista puede alcanzar; pero ¿Cómo podemos ganar un Grammy?
Aleks Syntek compartió que el tenia la idea que el Grammy era una organización corrupta. "En Latinoamérica estamos acostumbrados a la transa, a las mordidas, para todo nos piden dinero; no nos damos cuenta que esto es un asunto cultural.  Mi romance con el Grammy comenzó con un coqueteo. Los artistas también somos desconfiados.  Un día alguien me dijo que es mejor estar que no estar y esto me convenció a ser miembro y comenzar a votar. Ahora estoy interesado en ayudar, aportar a que sean mejores y más transparentes," señalo Syntek.
Syntek is not the only artist who has had their doubts about the Grammys or the voting process. However, academy members have worked hard for years to explain the process and welcome more musicians and artists into the organization.
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