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Abdul Fakir

Abdul "Duke" Fakir
Abdul "Duke" Fakir circa 1967.
Born December 26, 1935
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Ethnicity Ethiopian, Bangladeshi
Occupation singer

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 1954 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 1954. 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]



  • Abdul 'Duke' Fakir interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' February 2010
  • Abdul 'Duke' Fakir Facebook page
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