Lawrence Payton

Vocals, Musical Artist

1938 – 1997

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Who was Lawrence Payton?

Lawrence Albert Payton was an American tenor, songwriter, vocal arranger and record producer for the popular Motown quartet, the Four Tops.

An excellent singer in his own right, Payton sang lead on the songs "Feel Free", "Until You Love Someone" and "The Girl From Ipanema" from the Four Tops Live! album but he was often overshadowed by the more popular Levi Stubbs. He died in 1997, aged 59, from liver cancer in Southfield, Michigan. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. Payton had 11 children. One of his sons, Roquel, went on to sing with the Four Tops.

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Born
Mar 2, 1938
Detroit
Also known as
  • Payton, Lawrence
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Jun 20, 1997
Southfield
Resting place
Woodlawn Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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