Abdul "Duke" Fakir (born December 26, 1935; Detroit, Michigan) is best known as a member of popular Motown act the Four Tops from 1954 to the present day. Fakir, who sings first tenor, is now 75years old and the only surviving original member of the group.
Abdul "Duke" Fakir, who is of Ethiopian ancestry, was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Pershing High School along with Levi Stubbs.
He and Stubbs first met Lawrence Payton and Renaldo "Obie" Benson at a friend's birthday party in 1954. They so enjoyed singing together that night that they decided to start a singing group named The Four Aims which would later be re-named the Four Tops.
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