I just saw in the New York Times that the great Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs has passed away at the age of 72. Stubbs was the singer on classics such as "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "Bernadette."
Stubbs was iconic enough to have not one but two references in rock songs. The first was on New York Dolls singer David Johansen's 1978 self-titled solo debut, on the song "Frenchette." There's a line in the song about Levi Stubbs' getting "burned messing 'round with Bernadette." The other was on Billy Bragg's great 1986 album "Talking To The Taxman About Poetry." There's a song entitled "Levi Stubbs' Tears."
Adios, Levi-- thanks for all the great music.