The Falcons

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The Falcons were an American rhythm and blues vocal group, some of whose members went on to be influential in soul music.[1]


The Falcons formed in 1955 in Detroit, Michigan on the Mercury Records imprint. After personnel changes in 1956, The Falcons had hits for the Lu Pine Records label with the million-selling "You're So Fine" (1959),[2] and "I Found a Love" (1962).[3] The group recorded under the production wing of Robert West, who gave the group a gospel sound and recorded the singers on his own Flick label. "You're So Fine" was a national hit, charting at No. 17, on United Artists' Unart label after being picked up from Flick.[3]

Joe Stubbs was the lead singer, also on the singles "Just for Your Love" (1959) and "The Teacher" (1960), before Wilson Pickett replaced him in 1960.[3] After 1963, the Fabulous Playboys took over the Falcons name. The later group comprised Carlis 'Sonny' Munro, James Gibson, Johnny Alvin, and Alton Hollowell.[3] This group made the R&B chart in 1966, with "Standing on Guard".[3] In 2005, Munro briefly reformed the group with Frank Garcia, Calvin Stephenson and Charnissa Stephenson.

Singer and songwriter Willie Schofield (born December 30, 1939) died from acute kidney failure at his home in Southfield, Michigan on March 30, 2021, at age 81.[4]


Some members were replaced over time:

  • Joe Stubbs (1957–1960)
  • Eddie Floyd (1957–1963)
  • Wilson Pickett (1960–1963)
  • Mack Rice (1957–1963)
  • Lance Finney (1957–1963)
  • Willie Schofield (1957–1963)
  • Robert Ward (1957–1963)
  • Carlis (Sonny) Munro (1963–2008)
  • Francisco (Frank) Garcia II (2005–2008)
  • Calvin "Dhaak" Stephenson (2005–2008)
  • Charnissa Stephenson (2006–2008)



Year Single Peak chart positions
US Pop
1959 "You're So Fine" 17 2
"You're Mine" 107
"Just for Your Love" 26
1960 "The Teacher" 18
1962 "I Found a Love" 75 6
1966 "Standing on Guard" 107 92
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ Dahl, Bill. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 113. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Soul Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 83. ISBN 0-85112-733-9.
  4. ^ "Willie M. Schofield 1939 - 2021". Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "The Falcons Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved April 16, 2022.

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