The Stylistics Biography
The Stylistics was one of the most well-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 - see 'Main Personnel' below.
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.
The major contributors to the Stylistics success between 1968 and 1980 were :-
The Stylistics' catalog of hits has been mined frequently by other artists in recent years. Notable examples include:-