1959 The Falcons – You’re So Fine
Eddie Floyd and several other singers formed the Falcons in the Detroit area in 1955. Robert West managed the group and produced several of their singles. After a few years of non-progress, the personnel changed a great deal in 1957. Eddie was still a member, but the new lineup featured Joe Stubbs as the lead singer. Joe had been the lead singer for the Contours, his brother was Levi Stubbs, the lead singer for the Four Tops, and Jackie Wilson was their cousin.
Other members of the new lineup included Mack Rice, Lance Finney, and Willie Schofield. Robert Ward had moved from Dayton to Detroit and formed the Ohio Untouchables, who became the backing band for the Falcons.
Lance and Willie wrote You’re So Fine with Bob West and the Falcons recorded the song in 1959. The single did well, reaching #17 on the Hot 100 that year. Joe left the group the next year, and Wilson Pickett joined the group as their new lead singer.
In 1963, the group disbanded and Robert formed a new version of the Falcons using lead singer Sonny Monroe and a few other members of the Fabulous Playboys. The new Falcons had no success at all and eventually also disbanded.
In 1969, the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland wanted to start their own record label because they were fighting with Motown over royalties. They put together a group that featured former Falcons Joe and Sonny. The group initially went by the name Aged In Soul, but on the later pressings of their first single, they lengthened the name to 100 Proof (Aged In Soul). That first single barely reached #94 on the Hot 100, but their second single was Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed. That single peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in December 1970 and sold over a million copies.
The group’s first album also included the song She’s Not Just Another Woman, and some radio stations began playing that song as an album cut. The label wanted to release the song as a single but worried about hurting sales of Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed. They released the song as a single but listed the artist as The 8th Day on the label. That single reached #11 in early 1971.
While the label’s shenanigans may have succeeded in creating a second hit, they may have doomed the group. The follow-up single You’ve Got to Crawl (Before You Walk) by The 8th Day only reached #28 on the Hot 100, while One Man’s Leftovers (Is Another Man’s Feast) by 100 Proof (Aged In Soul) got no higher than #96. Instead of having one group with three hits, they ended up with two groups that looked like one-hit-wonders. The label formed a second group to tour as The 8th Day, but even that failed to click. The groups quickly fell apart.
Joe stopped recording for nearly twenty years before writing a few successful songs and recording two albums in the early nineties. He died in 1998.
Wilson Pickett had a successful career as a singer and songwriter and died in 2006.
Eddie Floyd continued writing and recording singles and albums as recently as 2016.
Sir Mack Rice wrote Mustang Sally and co-wrote Respect Yourself and dozens of other hits. He died in 2016.
Robert Ward and the Ohio Untouchables eventually morphed into the Ohio Players. Robert died in 2008.
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