You're So Fine - the Falcons


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhdzhLxHw_Y

Mesozoic soul!

Evidence that Detroit was truly the the heartbeat of early soul is to be found in the music palaentology represented by the Falcons, who played gigs and recorded from 1955 onwards and in their early years counted among their ever changing line-up future Stax luminaries such as Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd ("Knock on Wood") and Mack Rice (who penned "Mustang Sally").

"You're so Fine" is early soul, circa 1959, rough and ready and sounding like it was recorded in someone's disused garage, but stonking for all that. On gritty lead vocal is Joe Stubbs, brother of Levi who fronted the peerless Four Tops, and what I really like about this is the way he seems to lean into the melody like other greater singers such as his brother and Otis Redding later did to such good effect.

"You're sooo fine" - you said it Joe.