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Two Philadelphia bands, The Percussions and The Monarchs were dissolving in 1970.  From the ashes of these two soul bands came The Stylistics.  Russell Thompkins Jr., James Smith, and Airron Love of The Monarchs joined up with James Dunn and Herbie Murrell of The Percussions and recorded a single,


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The Stylistics Songs List:

Song Album Released Listen
Break Up To Make Up The Best Of The Stylistics 1995
I'm Stone In Love With You The Best Of The Stylistics 1995
Payback Is A Dog Rockin' Roll Baby 2000
Let's Put It All Together The Best Of The Stylistics 1995
Hits Medley Love Talk 1991
Children Of The Night Round 2 1992
Thank You Baby The Best Of The Stylistics, Vol.2 1976
Betcha By Golly Wow The Best Of The Stylistics 1995
Stop, Look, Listen The Stylistics 1995
The Lion Sleeps Tonight Greatest Hits [BR Music] 2002
Stylistics - You Are Everything The Best of the Stylistics 1975
Maybe It's Love This Time Hurry Up This Way Again 2011
Can't Help Falling In Love Greatest Love Hits 1974
Stop Look Listen To Your Heart The Very Best Of The Stylistics...And More! 2005
Always On My Mind Love Talk 1991
The Stylistics - People Make The World Go Round. The Best of the Stylistics 1975
I Just Don't Know What To Do Love Talk 1991
You And Me Round 2 1992
My Funny Valentine All-Time Classics: The Stylistics 1976
Heavy Fallin' Out The Best Of The Stylistics 1995
Stylistics - Betcha By Golly, Wow The Best of the Stylistics [Amherst] 1975
If I Love You The Stylistics 1995
Rockin' Roll Baby The Best Of The Stylistics 1995
It Started Out Hurry Up This Way Again 2011
You Are Fabulous 2003
People Make The World Make Go Round The Urban Soul Series - The Stylistics 2010
You'll Never Get To Heaven The Best Of The Stylistics, Vol.2 1976
You're A Big Girl Now The Stylistics 1995
You Are Everything The Stylistics 1995
People Make The World Go Round The Stylistics 1995
Can't Give You Anything Greatest Love Hits 1974
You Make Me Feel Brand New Greatest Love Hits 1974
Hurry Up This Way Again Live In Norfolk 2006


The Stylistics

We would be on the road performing one single and next thing we knew there was another one going up so all we were doing, as they were coming out and reaching their peak, we would just add them to the show as we went a along. It helped us create a show to present to our audiences.

Out of Ruin . . .

Two Philadelphia bands, The Percussions and The Monarchs were dissolving in 1970.  From the ashes of these two soul bands came The Stylistics.  Russell Thompkins Jr., James Smith, and Airron Love of The Monarchs joined up with James Dunn and Herbie Murrell of The Percussions and recorded a single, You’re a Big Girl Now.  The song became a regional success, and The Stylistics became a solid crew.

Their producer at that time, Thom Bell, did not have a lot of faith in the group, but was impressed with the lead singer, Russell Thompkins, Jr., and featured him almost exclusively in their recordings.  The first three albums produced a handful of hit singles, including Betcha By Golly, Wow, which went to #3 on the US charts; I'm Stone in Love with and You Break Up To Make Up, which both peaked at #5;  and You Make Me Feel Brand New, to name a few.

Struggle to Stay on Top

In 1974, the group split from Thom Bell, which led to a devastating drop in popularity.  They tried to find a producer who could help them climb back on top, but to no avail.  Interestingly, as their popularity was dropping in the United States, it was catapulting in the United Kingdom.  In 1975, Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) went to #1 in the UK.  Throughout the 1970s, however, the band saw a steady decline in record sales.  

As disco and new wave music hit the scene, The Stylistics had more and more difficulty competing for air play.  In 1979, the band had a small role in the movie, Hair.  They play a group of conservative police officers who double Nell Carter in singing White Boys.  From 1976 to 1979, they released six albums, to a smaller and smaller fan base.

The Later Years

In 1980, the roster changed as Dunn and Smith left the band.  Replacements were made, but after the dust settled, They Stylistics were a trio.  They continued to tour until 2000, keeping a cult following of their most solid fans.  The dawning of the internet brought a surge in followers, with the availability of mp3 singles to download on line.  Certain singles from The Stylistics will always be deemed classics.

They continued to record through the 1990s but with consistently mixed reviews.  In 1994, their song People Make the World Go Round  was used by  Spike Lee for his movie, Crooklyn, and their hit, I Can’t Give You Anything (But my Love) was used in a Japanese commercial in 2006 for a hair styling product.

Did you know . . .

  1. Stylistic hits have been covered and recorded more than thirty times.

  2. The Stylistics were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.

  3. In 2007, The Stylistics were voted Soultracks.com’s most popular group.

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