George Rountree, an instrumental creative person behind the scenes of Motown’s the Four Tops, has died. He worked with the quartet for over thirty years as the musical director, in addition he performed with legends including The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Frankie Valli, Bill Withers, Freda Payne and David Ruffin.
Will Miller, the Four Tops trumpeter, recalled Rountree stating, ‘he was a very nice guy…There was not a bad streak in him at all.”
Mr. Rountree, a Detroit, Michigan native, passed away on Sunday in a Las Vegas hospital. He resided and worked in Las Vegas since 2000. He was sixty-one years old.