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******* RUTH BROWN *******
Ruth Alston Brown (née Weston, January 12, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress, sometimes known as the “Queen of R&B”. She was noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as “So Long”, “Teardrops from My Eyes” and “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean”.[5] For these contributions, Atlantic became known as “the house that Ruth built” (alluding to the popular nickname for the old Yankee Stadium)

Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the 1980s, Brown used her influence to press for musicians’ rights regarding royalties and contracts; these efforts led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.[9] Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award.

The FOUR TOPS

Founded as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons’ Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops Career Awards

The Four Tops have won many awards during their long and distinguished career,including the following:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990)
  • Vocal Group Hall of Fame (1999)
  • Hollywood Walk Of Fame (1997)
  • Grammy Hall Of Fame (Reach Out I’ll Be There-1998)
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2009-51st Annual Grammy Awards)
  • Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award (1997)
  • Billboard Magazine Top 100 Artists of All Time(#77)
  • R&B Music Hall of Fame Induction (2013)
  • 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (#79-Rolling Stone Magazine