Stevie Wonder “Jump The Shark” – When Was That? Pop. Culture. History.

Mr. Pop History – Stevie Wonder’s career jumped the shark in 1980 with the album “Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants” – both a commercial and critical disappointment. Up to this point – Wonder was a powerhouse and one of the biggest recording artists of the 1960′s and even bigger in the 1970′s. He still had hits into the 1980′s, but this was the beginning of his hit-power fall-out.

Four Tops Singer Passes

Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, who possessed one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown singers, died Friday at 72.

He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife, said Dana Meah, the wife of Stubbs’ grandson. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death.

With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records, including such hits as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch.)”

The group performed for more than four decades without a single change in personnel. Stubbs’ death leaves one surviving member of the original group: Abdul “Duke” Fakir.

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