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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. Learn more about Stylistics