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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Closer Than Close

1. What's Your Name?

2. I've Got This Feeling

3. Mine All Mine

4. Habit

5. Searchin'

6. It's Only Love

7. Closer Than Close

8. Almost There

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Track List: The Streetwise Recordings

1. Some Things Never Change

2. Give A Little Love

3. Don't Change

4. The Girl In Yellow

5. Row Your Love

6. Love Is Not The Answer

7. Hooked On Your Lovin'

8. When Will I Learn

9. Just The Two Of Us

10. Special

11. I Believe (In You)

12. Love Is Serious

13. Hungry (For Your Love)

14. Honey

15. Let's Go Rockin' (Tonight)

16. Sad Girl

17. O Sha Ma

18. Only From The Heart

19. Give A Little Love (Acapella)

20. Give A Little Love (Piano & Vocal)

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Track List: The Greatest Hits Live

1. Heavy Fallin’ Out

2. You’re A Big Girl Now

3. I’m Stone In Love With You

4. Betcha By Golly Wow

5. Country Living

6. Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart

7. Children Of The Night

8. It’s Too Late

9. You Are Everything

10. You’ll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart

11. Payback Is A Dog

12. Rockin’ Roll Baby

13. Break Up To Make Up

14. People Make The World Go Round

15. Hurry Up This Way Again

16. First Impressions

17. You Make Me Feel Brand New

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Track List: Hurry Up This Way Again

1. Driving Me Wild

2. And I'll See You No More

3. Found A Love You Couldn't Handle

4. Maybe It's Love This Time

5. Hurry Up This Way Again

6. It Started Out

7. I Have You, You Have Me

8. Is There Something On Your Mind

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Track List: Fabulous

1. Because I Love You, Girl

2. Can't Help Falling In Love

3. Maybe It's Because You're Lonely

4. You Are

5. It's So Good

6. Sixteen Bars

7. Baby, Don't Change Your Mind

8. I Will Love You Always

9. Starvin' For Love

10. You Ought To Be With Me

11. Lovin' Proof

12. Because Of You

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Track List: All-Time Classics

1. The Great Pretender

2. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

3. Only You (And You Alone)

4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

5. My Funny Valentine

6. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

7. Unchained Melody

8. Satin Doll

9. After The Lights Go Down Low

10. Send For Me

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Track List: The Best Of The Stylistics Vol. 2

1. You'll Never Get To Heaven

2. Hey Girl, Come And Get It

3. Sixteen Bars

4. The Miracle

5. You Are Beautiful

6. Sing Baby Sing

7. Star On A TV Show

8. Na-Na Is The Saddest Word

9. Thank You Baby

10. Funky Weekend

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Track List: Rockin' Roll Baby

1. Only For The Children

2. Could This Be The End

3. Let Them Work It Out

4. Make It Last

5. Pay Back Is A Dog

6. Love Comes Easy

7. There's No Reason

8. Rockin' Roll Baby

9. You Make Me Feel Brand New

10. I Won't Give You Up

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Track List: Round 2

1. I'm Stone In Love With You

2. If You Don't Watch Out

3. You And Me

4. It's Too Late

5. Children Of The Night

6. You'll Never Get To Heaven

7. Break Up To Make Up

8. Peek-A-Boo

9. You're As Right As Rain

10. Pieces

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Track List: The Stylistics

1. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)

2. Point Of No Return

3. Betcha By Golly, Wow

4. Country Living

5. You're A Big Girl Now

6. You Are Everything

7. People Make The World Go Round

8. Ebony Eyes

9. If I Love You

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justinjenny4 9 5
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Betcha By Golly Wow... correction.
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The bass line is nice and smooth. The Stylistics has style. - your are genie - you are the one I have been waiting for- catch a falling star, to show I love, write your name across the sky, Beach By Golly Wow- keep growing strong, real lyrics...... thanks...... .
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You are everything
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The Stylistics and the 70s go hand and hand!!
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Break up to make up .. YOUR SONG HARVEY B...
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Philly music smooth.
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lgalvan910
Dance this song with my daughter for her quince and sang this song to her while dancing it with her my ❤❤
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PEEK A BOO IS THE BOMB,..��
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I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SENSOUS STYLE...��
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This really does take you back to the good old days
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Brought back my happy years
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fiel225
You Make Me Feel Brand New
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You were and are my everything. Lost you to God on 3/9/16 a year ago everything reminds me of you. Loving you and missing you till we meet again soon!!!�����
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justinjenny4 9 5
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To someone from yesterday. U always will be Everything ��
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I was 10 when this song was out good memories
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fiel225
These things I'll do 'cause I'm Stoned in Love with You❤️
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Ricky you are everything to me nobody else will do love you
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One song takes you back to your childhood thanks!
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Love this song you are everything
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Make you think of that ole dayz
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You were everything to me my love. God loved you more cuz he has you now. You have been gone from this world for 11 months 2/9/17 today . It gets harder everyday. Missing you forever!!!!

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Lupe remember this song your big girl now no more daddy little girl you were my girl back bay I was your frist man ❤️ and you were my .
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Lupe remember this song you are everything and everything is you ❤️ always Frenchie your loving man ! ����‍��!
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If I could just go back in time.. The 70's was the best era of black music! The groups and music had class. ������❤️
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Great Philly sound
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Old school music carried the very essence, character, and personility of the music and the singer.Each group had a sound of its own.
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saw them tonight in Staten Island, Great show
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What happened to the singer's like this they don't come like this anymore nothing else like this music
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You are everything and everything is you my love. Till then!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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aestrada223
'Breakup to Makeup' said it all and I wish that the last time we did breakup, I would have had the heart and sense to makeup. Forty plus years of being away from you Mary Lou has been so rough on me. Miss you babe.
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I play them whenever I want to feel good!!
Great music
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One of my favorite groups of all time, miss Lenny and Ron may they rip! Still love the group with Larry James as lead singer ������
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He was the best if he was living he still be on top these kids now a days they cant get it
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I LOVE ANYTHING STYLISTICS!! ! ! NUMBER ONE FAN HERE!!! High school memories, omg!
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Will always love their music. .my father was their manager as well in the 70's....Rudy Wilson. ...they used to practice in my aunt basement, Bouvier St...17th & Erie, N Philly. ...
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Sending this song to my baby Munchi.....L o v e is love forever! Jambu loves Munchi always.... Mount Vernon, N.Y.
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One of the smoothest groups ever
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I just LOVE AND ENJOY their music so much
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Stylistics' Round 2 is my all time favorite album. Too Late, Breakup to Makeup, Peekaboo, You're As Right As Rain, and all the rest of the songs on that album are mile stones of my young adulthood.
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I love to hear the stylistics sing break up and make up.n the song betcha my gotta wow. also like hear the Delfonics. Blue Magic the spinners.Tav a r e s n the Main Ingredients. t h e Ojays we cry together i love hearing that song by the Ojays. n the Manhattan the Dramaticd n the Four Tops the Blood Stone n the GO.O i can.t forget my Chi Lite. N Also Harold Melvin n The Blue Notes.I Love Listen to the old school.< Tyrone Davis. n Betty Wright.
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mrmel931
Old School is Forever, Bar None
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Just don't make them like that anymore! Old school forever!
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Break up to Make up. Lets stop doing this baby!!!!
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shannon3168
love love the Stylistics.
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You were and will always be everything to me, I just can't go on with life the way I am going!! You will always be in my heart. Till then my love.
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