Joe Stubbs was the younger brother of Levi Stubbs, lead singer of The Four Tops. Joe had been lead singer with four famous soul groups. The first of these was The Falcons. Then secondly came The Contours. Thirdly with The Originals, and fourthly with Detroit legend Steve Mancha, the wonderful group on Hot Wax, One Hundred Proof Aged In Soul.
After such a legendary career, he had a terrible accident with his car and he was slightly brain damaged, but still able to talk, sing, and perform, but left somewhat childlike, and innocent.
He tried to return on stage and released a single in 1981 on Atkins All-Star Recording. This single called "Got to make a move" was written in 1980 as "Let's make a move" by himself, William Lanier and Claude Wilson. Claude Wilson or Clyde Wilson probably is the legendary on Northern soul scene Steve Mancha member of the groups Two Friends, The Hollidays, One Hundred Proof Aged In Soul.
Produced by Curtis Atkins. Music by The Atkins All-Stars. Background vocals by Star-Fire. Enjoy this rarity. Only for real collectors.
I want to mention that Star-Fire and The Atkins All-Stars released a single entitled "Oh baby" on the same label in the same year.
One year later "Got to make a move" was re-recorded and was released on the same label by The Falcons. Produced again by Curtis Atkins. The Falcons had re-formed in the early 80's by Joe Stubbs, Mack Rice, Willie Schofield, Lance Finnie and James Gibson.
Joseph or Jo-Jo (as everyone called him) Stubbs died on the 5th February 1998 from a heart condition.