“At the height of the Swinging London era one song so overpowered the UK music scene that 1966 was deemed the year of “Reach Out I’ll Be There”. The American group that unleashed the hit was the Four Tops and the singer who powered the song was Levi Stubbs, whose voice has been described by Smokey Robinson as “one of the greatest of all time.””
So begins the obituary of Levi Stubbs that I read in today’s Independent (you can read the full article here). Stubbs died on 17 October.
I don’t know whether The Four Tops were as big in the US, but in the UK they were huge. Theirs was the music we danced to. “Reach Out” is on my list of songs I’d like played at my funeral (please take note).