Abdul Fakir

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Abdul "Duke" Fakir
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Abdul "Duke" Fakir circa 1967
Born (1935-12-26) December 26, 1935 (age 80)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Ethnicity Ghana, Bangladeshi
Occupation Singer
Years active 1953–present

Abdul "Duke" Fakir (born December 26, 1935) is an American singer. He is best known as a member of the Motown act the Four Tops, from 1953 to the present day. A first tenor, Fakir is the group's only surviving original member.[1]


Fakir was born in 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. He is of Ethiopian and Bangladeshi ancestry.[2]

Fakir attended the Motor City's Pershing High School,[3] where he met Levi Stubbs.[4]

He and Stubbs first met Lawrence Payton and Renaldo "Obie" Benson at a friend's birthday party in 1953. They so enjoyed singing together that night that they decided to start a singing group named "The Four Aims" which would later be renamed the Four Tops.

Fakir was a guest on the “Not My Job” segment of the NPR radio show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” taped at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, January 19, 2012 and broadcast on January 21, 2012.[5]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: The Four Tops". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sickest Addictions Birthday Cakes X Abdul "Duke" Fakir". Sickest Addictions. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Maynard, Micheline. "Levi Stubbs, 72, Powerful Voice for Four Tops, Dies." The New York Times. October 17, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Stars mourn Four Tops star Stubbs." BBC. Tuesday October 28, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me". 

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