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

10/17/2008 02:34 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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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