Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Motown is one of my favorite genres of music. I cannot even imagine my life without it. I have always believed that some of the greatest voices in music came out of Detroit and one of them belonged to Levi Stubbs. He and the other three members of The Four Tops gave us some of the biggest hits to come out of the Motor City, thanks to their collaborations with the label’s premier songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. The trio wrote many of the group’s biggest hits including “Baby I Need Your Loving”, “Standing In The Shadows Of Love”, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and today’s song.
The Four Tops had the one of the longest runs of any group in any genre of music. They were together for 44 years before the death of one of the original singers forced them to recruit a new member. That longevity was due in large part to Stubbs never wanting to strike out on his own once the group became successful. That was so unlike so many lead singers from groups in all types of music who go on to make solo records during a band’s hiatus or leaving it entirely for a solo career. Stubbs never ever forgot he was part of a group and did not want to outshine the other members of it. He and his rich powerful baritone voice remained loyal to The Four Tops until his death in 2008.
Levi Stubbs alone and with The Four Tops circa 1964 (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
The Four Tops: “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1967, written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland).
I do not own the rights to anything. I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.