25 June 1935, Montgomery, Alabama, USA. A founder member of the Detroit-based Falcons, Floyd was present on both their major hits, Youre So Fine (1959) and I Found A Love (1962). He then recorded solo for Lupine in Detroit and Safice in Washington, DC, before moving to Memphis in 1965 to join the Stax Records organization. He first made his mark there as a composer, penning Wilson Picketts 634-5789, among others. During Floyds recording tenure at Stax, he enjoyed the use of the session bands Booker T. And The MGs and the Mar-Keys. He opened his account with Things Get Better (1965), followed by the anthem-like Knock On Wood (1966), one of souls enduring moments, and probably the only time lightning and frightening have been coupled without sounding trite. Although subsequent releases failed to match its success, a series of powerful singles, including...
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