The Four Tops



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The Four Tops were: lead singer Levi Stubbs who was born Levi Stubbles on June 6, 1936 and died on October 17, 2008 and was related to Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons’ Joe Stubbs; Abdul “Duke” Fakir who was born on December 26, 1935 and is the last surviving member of the original group; Renaldo “Obie” Benson who was born on June 14, 1936 and died on July 1, 2005 and Lawrence Payton, who was born on March 2, 1938 and died on June 20, 1997.

They were originally called The Four Aims but changed the name of the group when they signed to Chess in 1956. Their tenures at Chess and subsequent companies were not successful and they were invited to join Motown in 1964, which turned out to be a good career move!

Interview, Sept 2016, with Abdul Fakir


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