Part Of The World Fell Apart Today... Shed Your Tears For Levi Stubbs

05/25/2011 12:50 pm ET
  • Martin Lewis British-born, Hollywood-based humorist, commentator, producer and radio host


Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, and the deeply soulful voice of a generation - died today.

Of all the tributes to the emotional depths that his plaintively husky voice articulated for so many millions of people around the world - the 1986 song "Levi Stubbs' Tears" by an old pal of mine - the British troubadour Billy Bragg - expresses it best.

When the world falls apart
Some things stay in place
Levi Stubbs' tears
Run down his face...

- Billy Bragg