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Published:November 5th, 2008 19:00 EST
The Four Tops starts next post-Stubbs chapter

The Four Tops starts next post-Stubbs chapter

By Garrett Godwin

DETROIT, MI: Iconic Motown group The Four Tops will be singing the national anthem this Sunday at the games of both the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Pistons.  This marks for the first performance since the passing of legendary lead singer Levi Stubbs, who died in his sleep in Detroit home mid-October.

During the mid-60s at the height of Motown, at the rise of the civil rights movement, Stubbs`s deep baritone voice helped the Tops cranked out hits that not only on the Pop and R&B Charts in the States, but also in the United Kingdom.  Songs such as "Baby I Need Your Loving", "Can`t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "It`s The Same Old Song", and "Reach Out I`ll Be There" went on to become classics.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Stubbs` funeral took place a week ago at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit -- in which the attendants include Smokey Robinson, Motown founder Berry Gordy, family and friends, and original surviving Top, Abdul "Duke" Fakir

"We want to give thanks for the wonderful support and the outpouring of love by our Detroit fans" he said.  "We can`t wait to sing the anthem for both our Lions and our Pistons.  It should be a wonderful homecoming."