The Stylistics was one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968, and comprised lead Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herbie Murrell, Airrion Love (second lead on "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), 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", "Break Up To Make Up", "You Make Me Feel Brand New" featuring a double lead with Love, "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" and "You Are Everything". "You Make...
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Track listing: Because I Love You, GirlCan't Help Falling in LoveMaybe It's Because You're Lonely (feat. Russell Thompkins, Jr. & Airrion Love)You AreIt's So GoodSixteen BarsBaby, Don't Change Your MindI Will Love You AlwaysStarvin' For LoveYou Ought to Be With MeLovin' ProofBecause of You
Track listing: Thank You BabyCan't Give You Anything but My LoveI'm Gonna WinI'd Rather Be Hurt by You Than Be Loved by Somebody ElseDisco BabyFrom the MountainTears and SouvenirsA Honky Tonk CafeWhat Goes Around Comes AroundStaySing Baby Sing
Track listing: Funky WeekendJennyThat Don't Shake MeNa Na Is the Saddest WordMichael or MeThe Day the Clown Came to TownYou Are BeautifulTo Save My Rock 'n' Roll SoulIf You Are ThereWe Just Can't Help It
Track listing: The MiracleShe Did a Number on MeStar on a TV ShowHeavy Fallin' OutWhat's Happenin' BabyGo NowDon't Put It Down Til' You Been ThereHey Girl Come and Get ItFrom the Mountain
Track listing: Only for the ChildrenCould This Be the EndLet Them Work It OutMake It LastPay Back Is a DogLove Comes EasyThere's No ReasonRockin' Roll BabyYou Make Me Feel Brand NewI Won't Give You Up
Track listing: Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)Point of No ReturnBetcha by Golly, WowCountry LivingYou're a Big Girl NowYou Are EverythingPeople Make the World Go RoundEbony EyesIf I Love You