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The Stylistics were one of the most well-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. Formed in 1968, they comprised lead Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herbie Murrell, Airrion Love, James Smith, and James Dunn.

They had their first U.S. hit in 1971 with “You’re a Big Girl Now”. Signing to Avco Records, The Stylistics began working with producer Thom Bell, who had already produced a catalogue of hits for The Delfonics, and songwriter Linda Creed. Bell imported the sweet soul techniques he had perfected with The Delfonics, and his arrangements worked perfectly with Thompkins’ falsetto. The bittersweet lyrics from Creed were a key factor in creating hugely memorable music.

Their hits, distilled from three albums, from this period included “Betcha by Golly, Wow”, “I’m Stone in Love with You”, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” featuring a double lead with Love, “Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart” and “You Are Everything”. “You Make Me Feel Brand New” was the group’s biggest U.S. hit, holding at #2 for two weeks in the spring of 1974, and was one of five U.S. gold singles the Stylistics collected. The Stylistics’ smooth sound also found an easier path onto adult contemporary airwaves than other soul artists, and the group made Billboard magazine’s Easy Listening singles chart twelve times from 1971 to 1976, with three entries, “Betcha By Golly, Wow,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” and “You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)” reaching the Top 10.

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  • DickBigems

    vvCool story.

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Red-Drallek

    Amazing that 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' was originally a 'b' side ( Only For the Children). I used to be half of a local mobile Disco at the time, and we used to play it at every gig we played in early 74. The Stylistics actually came to Peterborough that June (unusual as we didn't get anyone big normally). When they played the latest single 'Only For the Children' they got a very muted response. But when they played 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' the roof came off. Shortly afterwards they turned the single over and had their big hit. Always felt we had a small hand in that (although probably not lol). I'm sure we weren't the only ones who had noticed a big difference in quality between the 'A' & 'B' Side. I miss 7" singles.

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • laughterar

    of love mike xxx

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • dextroustc

    this is really good and I'm into hardcore metal!

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    muito bom

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Magdags

    Me encanta la musica y letra desde los años 70's

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nightwaxon

    Still sound sweet 40 years on!

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tmangia

    I've been looking for years for a song which I don't know the lyrics and which I saw the name "The Stylistics" on it, unfortunately I don't remember its name. I only remember that it does have a horn, a high octave keyboard just like little bells and there's a time when the group sings like "pa-ra pa-ra pa-ra pa-ra PA!". Anyone could help me on this one, please?

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • richardneal

    Russell Thompkins=angel

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Hip-Hop-Addict

    greatness!

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • rocmaven

    I am going to see The Stylistics at the turning stone casino in verona ny. I have my tickets.

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • jimmi9ine

    They certainly had style & istics

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • howarddrakeford

    I remember back when this song first came out!I was in the first grade,and I started crying whenever I heard this song,and didn't know why!This song still moves me til this day.Now I know why!In spite of it being sad,I still love it!

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • SerenityJ

    the best

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • italianlady78

    Awesome music. Music that hits the soul.....

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Marimd

    love!

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • naninhamaluketi

    i love you Airrion Love

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • micaiah35

    the stylistics song is tight i could never get rid of this song

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • daviesr7

    If you only know the singles their first three albums are full of great songs.

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • darianejackson

    For the fans http://www.lastfm.com.br/group/The+Stylistics

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
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