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The Stylistics

After the Spinners and the O'Jays, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group produced by Thom Bell. During the early '70s, the band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New." Of all their peers, the Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the '70s.

The Stylistics formed in 1968, when members of the Philadelphia soul groups the Monarchs and the Percussions joined forces after their respective band dissolved. Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love hailed from the Monarchs; James Dunn and Herbie Murrell were from the Percussions. In 1970, the group recorded "You're a Big Girl Now," a song their road manager Marty Bryant co-wrote with Robert Douglas, a member of their backing band Slim and the Boys, and the single became a regional hit for Sebring Records. The larger Avco Records soon signed the Stylistics, and single eventually climbed to number seven in early 1971.

Once they were on Avco, the Stylistics began working with producer/songwriter Thom Bell, who had previously worked with the Delfonics. The Stylistics became Bell's pet project and with lyricist Linda Creed, he crafted a series of hit singles that relied as much on the intricately arranged and lush production as they did on Thompkins' falsetto. Every single that Bell produced for the Stylistics was a Top Ten R&B hit, and several -- "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" -- were also Top Ten pop hits.

Following "You Make Me Feel Brand New" in the spring of 1974, the Stylistics broke away from Bell and began working with Van McCoy, who helped move the group towards a softer, easy listening style. In 1976, they left Avco and signed with H&L. The group's American record sales declined, yet they remained popular in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, where "Sing Baby Sing" (1975), "Na Na Is the Saddest Word" (1975), "Can't Give You Anything" (1975), and "Can't Help Falling in Love" (1976) were all Top Five hits. The Stylistics continued to tour and record throughout the latter half of the '70s, as their popularity steadily declined. In 1980, Dunn left the group because of poor health, and he was followed later that year by Smith. The remaining Stylistics continued performing as a trio on oldies shows into the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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This is the music that I grow up on from NC to VA now in GA.
blueyedmom00 7
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE songs and groups. Don't make them like this anymore. : (
Ol school the westside connection ice cube baaaabbbyy!!
Wow this kind of music is timeless!
Old School; never forgotton, & You Gotta Love it. "I Second that Emotion".
Love it . My music at bedtime. So relaxing
Old school never forgotten
Classic Ol' Skool music with great Singers and Musicians. Smooth and Sensuous.
You gotta love it!
clarabu772
My husband was a rocker and followed all the 70's bands like Zeppellin, etc, but when we were romantic, it was The Stylistics we sang together!
THIS MUSIC MAKES ME REMEMBER CLIMBING THE ROPE IN GYM CLASS KNOWING EVERYBODY WAS WATCHING ME LOOKING UP AT ME WEARING THOSE TINY GYM SHORTS AND HOW EXCITING IT WAS
Most beautifull music ever made,u just don't this stuff anymore.
jsasy46
Love it
My love will keep growing strong.. Unless or you choose to throw my love away..
The Stylistics r one of the best of their time! I'm always down to spin their cutz!!!
True life in these words
I Love my music
I grew up listening to this music....
rubynjeff209
I love the stylistics brings me memories of that one special person ♡
Thank you...I love all the songs makes me want to cry.
I love you stylistics
Thank you memories
Just wanna say thanks. Your music made many many people feel special .What a great time to grow up.I have fantastic memories of the 70,s.
Loving this good stuff, Classic Group.
This is Baby making music!!!!!!! ! !
This was music that you and your woman could sit back and have a romantic evening.
This oldie is one of my favorites!
the stylistics make some beautiful music something I can listen to on night specially let's put it all together
I wanna sample this
Love the music!! :-) :-)
I wish we could rewind that error of music. I promise i do! Stylistics thanks for that ever lasting Awesome music.
Pay back is a Dog is a true song loved it viv from Philly
LUVS ME SME STYLISTICS* REAL CLASSIC MUSIC
nancyweissbe i n
Stop look and listen to your heart is saying, all memories❤️
Love this group
rubynjeff209
Memories ♡
patriciashef f i e l d
I saw the New Styalistic with Mr. Tompkins on the maiden Soul Train Cruise. They still sound awesome. What a treat!
I WOULD THINK YOU WOULD FEEL SHOCKED, MAYBE LIKE DAMN OF SLL THE FELLAS I CHOSE YOU.. AND I WASN'T LIKE ALL YOUR UNLOYAL HOES. I DIDN'T SPREAD MY LEGS. AND I STILL FELL IN LOVE AND I PROMISE ONLY GOD KNOWS HE HAD US MEET EACH OTHER!! I HATE THAT I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU DON'T.GIVE AF!! BUT ALL THAT IS ABOUT TO COME TO A.COMPLETE. STOP
love this group
Im stoned in love with you, the problem is you will never love me.. and DAMN I have to admit it hurts so much.
So many memories
Cruzin down the streets bumping the stylistics. My sheek sippin on some Hennessey
It's good music
Hated to see Russell Tompkins leave the group but the new lead Eban Brown is as close to his voice as you can get. Eban is a really nice guy.
Nice song
Love The Stylistics!!
ALL MY HEART N SOUL GOES OUT TO THE ONE N ONLY WHOZ REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME ALWAYS N FOREVER IN THIS LIFE TIME THERES NO OTHER EVER CAN CHANGE ONES MIND UNTIL THEN
This. Was. The. Song. For. Making. Up. You. Forgot. What. You. Was. Mad. About. What. Memories. If. You. Could. Only. Go. Back. In. Time. And. Get. It. Right.
THESE GUYS...SING ME OUT MY PANTIES!
The only
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