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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 certainly is my story with "my love" wow does it have to b this difficult... !
Life is way tooo short to play games
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The Stylisticall y keep me motivated thru LIFE
People still making the world go round
I know the feeling.
The Stylistics Baby Don't Change Your Mind - YouTube
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Artist: The Stylistics
Album: Fabulous
Released: 1976
Baby Don't Change Your Mind: I LOVE THE STYLISTICS. IT'S COLD TODAY.
listen to your heart and hear what its saying.....l o v e
Yes Sir'
Summertime In Philly With A Special Girl....
This is time less music and you'll always remember the hay day just growing up with it and it stay shot you
Nothing like some old school music!! Love this song.
Delfonics, Chi-Lites, Stylistics.. . . . . . . . . . . . n o t h i n g more to say......... . . . . . . G R E A T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
alwayslove the stylistics
rhall008
The best .
stylistics the best - listen to rock n roll baby - its great and sadly forgotten the stylistics are the best i love them
Love old school music. ....house music black lights. ......wow it been a long time
iwou;d give the world to meet thw stylistics myseconf fav after the isleys
phil.thom52
Definitely, one of my best soul groups- EVER !!!!!!
You Are Everything: EXACTLY
Grow up on the Stylistic. 70's rock.
Jacuzzi loving track with a side of sweet strawberries on the side...
I remember when!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Nothing like old school, I guess that's why all of the remakes are done....
birdiesof4
looking back at time . such good memories
Stylistics
I.like. that. Good. Song. To. Hear.
Happy birthday to my big guy,this song is for you.Russel T and Airrion Love are the best.
My junior high school jam from back in the day. I was so in love back then LOL. So many years later, I am in love again!
djmagicjohn3
love music on here than lod school
70's soul music is love pure and simple. Miss those days so much
The old school sound, though co-dependent mentally, expressed a level of the love a man felt for a woman that cant be duplicated .
No I'm Big Daddy's girl If he'll have me AKA Lester Or Cheles I'm in love with this man. Don't Care Wat other people say. I want you back in my life. ..Not out there watching me. ..
My can of music
Luv this song just for me:-)
surita482
Sandra love the music wish they would come to sacto
I remembered seeing The Sylistics at the Apollo. My sister, mother and I will never forget that awesome show.
the stylistics give me hope that there is still love in this world iam proud that british people like me love them
Yes the Stylistics are still singing those sweet love songs.The world needs to hear this music and bring back real love...feel brand new
YOU SAY IT'S ME WHO ARGUE'S, I'LL SAY ITTT'S YOOOOOU !!!
To be young again even for one dance, lasting all night long. Danny
Beautiful song!
"You're A Big Girl Now"no-more Daddy's little girl
A Princess ready to-be Queen.Listen To-Me
Nikki-Pooh,D a d d y - Y o * 9 7 8 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
ships1955
oops, that is August 2, 2014 at the Ontario Convention center. Pre-sell tickets. See the website mentioned below.
ships1955
We may age, but their music never does. Very proud to be producing an event with THE voice of the Stylistics, the Falsetto himself, Mr. Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the new Stylistics on August 2, 2914 at the Ontario, CA Convention center. A very special evening of dining, dance and music! For more details, see www.steppinw i t h s t y l e . c o m . It is something not to miss!
Good memories
Yougo
Memories of Junior high and high school! Saw them at the Apollo Theater back in the day with friends from school. Loved their vocals.
♥ it!!!!!!
Soul music at it's best...
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