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The Stylistics

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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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Albums by
The Stylistics

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    I'm Coming Home / I Run to You

    10 songs

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    Once Upon a Jukebox

    10 songs

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    Thank You Baby

    11 songs

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    Betcha by Golly, Wow & Other Favorites - Live

    17 songs

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    You Make Me Feel Brand New Live

    11 songs

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    Reader's Digest Music: The Stylistics - Loving You

    16 songs

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    Soul Legends: The Stylistics

    12 songs

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    The Very Best Of Soul Sensation

    12 songs

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    Fabulous

    13 songs

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    Christmas

    10 songs

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    Round 2

    11 songs

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    Thank You Baby

    8 songs

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    Closer Than Close

    8 songs

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    Hurry Up This Way Again

    2 songs

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    Rockin' Roll Baby [Single]

    17 songs

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    Rockin' Roll Baby [Single]

    2 songs

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    You Gotta Have Soul / I'm Gonna Get You Back

    1 song

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    Break up to Make Up

    1 song

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    Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)

    2 songs

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    Stop, Look, Listen to Your Heart

    2 songs

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    You'll Never Get to Heaven If You Break My Heart

    2 songs

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    You are Everything

    13 songs

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    The Best of the Stylistics

    18 songs

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    The Streetwise Recordings

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Top Songs by
The Stylistics

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    Popularity
  2.   You Are Everything
  3.   You Make Me Feel Brand New
  4.   Betcha by Golly, Wow
  5.   I'm Stone in Love With You
  6.   Break Up to Make Up
  7.   People Make the World Go Round
  8.   You're a Big Girl Now
  9.   Silver Bells
  10.   Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
  11.   Rockin' Roll Baby
  12.   You're as Right as Rain
  13.   Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)
  14.   You Make Me Feel Brand New- Stylistics
  15.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  16.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
  17.   You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
  18.   Payback Is a Dog
  19.   I'm Stone in Love
  20.   Hurry Up This Way Again
  21.   I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
  22.   We Should Be Lovers
  23.   When You've Got Love, It's Christmas All Year Long
  24.   We Can Make It Happen Again
  25.   Children of the Night
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Stylistics

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    Classic Soul

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    '70s Hits

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    Oldies

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    Old School R&B

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    Adam Levine: DNA

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    Coffee House

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    Disco Deep Dive


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