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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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When the word love was in our head and soul living every moment with this so beautiful music rooted in everybodies heart
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The only thing cooler than this song is a man that can lead you in a dance through this song. Bethca by golly wow.
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These were the Times When Love Was Real.Nothing like good old days best songs dances the funky chicken, the skate love those Times.those were the good old days
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The Stylistics were apart of the era when silky soulful love songs ruled and there was more love in the hood
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The Stylistics is one of the smoothest vocal groups I've ever heard on the radio just incredibly easy to listen to. I Bought several of their albums and it was a pleasure playing them repeatedly. In a vocal group myself also during the same era I never had the opportunity to meet them to express how impressed and admired I've always been.
Michael
The Precisions
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209ricm
Your a big girl now no more daddy's little girl
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<3 you are everything and everything is you <3
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Love it
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I love this song :)
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dragonlady60 8 8
Memories.... . . . . .
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dragonlady60 8 8
Soul trainnn..!.. . . a m a z i n g groupd
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candythecoug a r
Style and love, this song is forever....
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Stylisyics
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People do indeed, Make the World go around, let us not forget the missing ingredient, Love !!! Without it, we have nothing
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MAGNIFIQUE !
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people make the world go round for sure.....wis h they could relax and chill to the music
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driving me wild....a game for fools
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Manhatta n
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nrivers16
The most wonderful average man on top of the world ;9
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My jam!
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This is the jam!!!! That ladys love...
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mcarrion325
Love all their songs, I'm from the 60's era.
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Your a big girl now no more daddy's little girl... The Stylistics ♥
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This song(break up to make up, and people make the would go round), always gives me chills..... Sweet nostalgia. Timeless classic!!!
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SUPER LOVE!!
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blueyedmom00 7
Betcha By Golly Wow....what a song!!! I just love the sound of The Stylistics. One if my mist face groups....ev e r ! ! ! ! Their songs bring back many memories.
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LIKE !!!!!
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annvaughn79
Man I wanna dance
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I love this song, someone's been touched by it's meaning,
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Love you Keith Allen wise husband. .
Your my fu¤₩ life
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I can never make you happy,,heave n knows i try,,
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Tisa & mannyboy 1992 Good ol day should of married you sorry for let you go.....damn
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This is my all time favorite soul group!
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First you love me then you hate me, that's a game for fools, Live and learn
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Sam this is the song we sang in our talent show and we tied #1 place R..I.P. SAM YOU ARE EVERYTHING!! ! ! Luv u :-)
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Break Up To Make Up is a game for fools....... t r u e
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You make me feel brand new alive !!.... Thank you .
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You make me feel brand new ;( wait I don't have anyone lol still love this song
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Stop, look listen (To Your Heart)>> The Stylisics ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥
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myheartdevot i o n
Brings me back! Love them!!
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Love this song ?????
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Love this song ����
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Dance this song with my daughter at her 15....
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classic
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Every measure you belong to me baby i want kiss lips from side to side .i love you touching morning be a blessing.
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Remember these days being the son of James Smith and the nephew of other members growing up in philly being born July 2 1974 it was great back then sure miss those days respect
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Break up to make up hahaha
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Music from the 70,s specially 70's Soul, cant help but Love it...
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Remembering those days.
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This music makes me think of my first love frozen in time. It's time capsule of my life you gotta love it !!
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