The Stylistics (Updated)

The Stylistics (Updated)

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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.

Album: The Stylistics (1971)


01. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
02. Point Of No Return
03. Betcha By Golly, Wow
04. Country Living
05. You're A Big Girl Now
06. You Are Everything
07. People Make The World Go Round
08. Ebony Eyes
09. If I Love You

Album: Round 2 (1972)


01. I'm Stone In Love With You
02. If You Don't Watch Out
03. You And Me
04. It's Too Late
05. Children Of The Night
06. You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
07. Break Up To Make Up
08. Peek-A-Boo
09. You're As Right As Rain
10. Pieces

Album: Rockin' Roll Baby (1973)


01. Only For The Children
02. Could This Be The End
03. Let Them Work It Out
04. Make It Last
05. Pay Back Is A Dog
06. Love Comes Easy
07. There's No Reason
08. Rockin' Roll Baby
09. You Make Me Feel Brand New
10. I Won't Give You Up

Album: Let's Put It All Together (1974)


01. Let's Put It All Together
02. I Got A Letter
03. We Can Make It Happen Again
04. Keepin My Fingers Crossed
05. You Make Me Feel Brand New
06. I Got Time On My Hands
07. Doin' The Streets
08. I Take It Out On You
09. Love Is The Answer (Vocal)
10. Love Is The Answer (Instrumental)

Album: Heavy (1974)


01. The Miracle
02. She Did A Number On Me
03. Star On A Tv Show
04. Heavy Fallin' Out
05. Whats Happenin Baby
06. Go Now
07. Dont Put It Down Till You Been There
08. Hey Girl Come And Get It
09. From The Mountain

Album: Thank You Baby (1975)


01. Thank You Baby
02. Cant Give You Anything (But My love)
03. What Goes Around Comes Around
04. I'd Rather Be Hurt By You
05. Disco Baby
06. Tears And Souvenirs
07. A Honky Tonk Cafe
08. Im Gonna Win
09. Stay
10. Sing Baby Sing

Album: You Are Beautiful (1975)


01. Funky Weekend
02. Jenny
03. That Dont Shake Me
04. Na Na Is The Sadest Word
05. Michael Or Me
06. The Day The Clown Came To Town
07. You Are Beautiful
08. To Save My Rock N Roll Soul
09. If You Are There
10. We Just Cant Help It

Album: The Best Of The Stylistics (1975)


01. You Make Me Feel Brand New
02. Betcha By Golly, Wow
03. Rockin' Roll Baby
04. Break Up to Make Up
05. You're a Big Girl Now
06. I'm Stone in Love With you
07. Heavy Fallin' Out
08. Let's Put it all Together
09. You Are Everything
10. People Make the World Go Round

Album: Fabulous (1976)


01. Because I Love You, Girl
02. Can't Help Falling In Love
03. Maybe It's Because You're Lonely
04. You Are
05. It's So Good
06. Sixteen Bars
07. Baby, Don't Change Your Mind
08. I Will Love You Always
09. Starvin' For Love
10. You Ought to Be With Me

Album: Once Upon a Juke Box (1977)


01. The Great Pretender
02. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
03. Only You (And You Alone)
04. Don't Get Around Much Anyone
05. My Funny Valentine
06. Don't Worry ' Bout Me
07. Unchained Melody
08. Satin Doll
09. After The Lights Go Down Low
10. Send For Me

Album: In Fashion (1978)


01. There'll Never Be Another You
02. First Impressions
03. You're The Best Thing In My
04. Looking At Love Again
05. I Can't Stop Livin'
06. I Just Cant Stop Loving You
07. Your Love's Too Good To Be Forgotten
08. Smooth
09. California Sun
10. Sail Away

Album: Wonder Woman (1978)


01. Give a Little Love
02. That Same Old Feeling
03. Fool of the Year
04. Green Grass, Shade Trees
05. Wonder Woman
06. A Good Thing Goin' On
07. I Think About You
08. Lucky Me
09. A Rock and a Hard Place
10. One Way Trip to Paradise

Album: Love Spell (1979)


01. Love Spell
02. You Make Me Feel So Doggone Good
03. One Night Affair
04. Broken Wing
05. Between Hello And Goodbye
06. Don't Know Where I'm Going
07. Love At First Sight
08. Fantasy
09. I Won't Forget To Tell You I Love You

Album: Hurry Up This Way Again (1980)


01. Driving Me Wild
02. And I'll See You No More
03. Found A Love You Couldn't Handle
04. Maybe It's Love This Time
05. Hurry Up This Way Again
06. It Started Out
07. I Have You, You Have Me
08. Is There Something On Your Mind

Album: Closer Than Close (1981)


01. What's Your Name
02. I've Got This Feeling
03. Mine All Mine
04. Habit
05. Searchin'
06. It's Only Love
07. Closer than Close
08. Almost There

Album: Greatest Hits (1999)


01. Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)
02. You Make Me Feel Brand New
03. Let's Put It All Together
04. You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
05. Rockin' Roll Baby
06. Sing Baby Sing
07. Na Na Is The Saddest Word
08. 7000 Dollars And You
09. Star On A TV Show
10. I'm Stone In Love With You
11. Betcha By Golly, Wow
12. Funky Weekend
13. Peek-A-Boo
14. Can't Help Falling In Love
15. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
16. Sixteen Bars
17. Break Up To Make Up
18. You Are Everything