Monday, October 20, 2008

A Different Meaning Since You've Been Gone

Rest in peace, Levi Stubbs, the hoarse-voiced lead singer of The Four Tops, one of the three great groups of the Motown era.

A fun fact about Stubbs: He actually had a baritone voice, but Holland/Dozier/Holland wrote nearly all the Four Tops' songs in the tenor range so that he'd have to shout. It worked--Stubbs' company-enforced passion is the major feature of the group's music.

And, as the comments section over at the AV Club point out, Stubbs was the voice of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors and Mother Brain from that favored show of my childhood, Captain N: The Game Master.

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