Relive classic hits with top selling Philly soul band

PUBLISHED: 14:28 24 November 2011




The Stylistics, with their charisma, style and harmony, evolved into one of the best-selling soul groups of all time and you can see them when they head into Southend.

The Philadelphia-based quartet will be at the Cliffs Pavilion in Station Road on Saturday, December 3.


During the early 1970s, 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.

The group were one of the smoothest 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 to make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the 1970s.

The Stylistics formed in 1968, when members of the Philadelphia soul groups the Monarchs and the Percussions joined forces after their respective bands dissolved.

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 the single eventually climbed to number seven in early 1971.

You can relive some of the group’s well known hits including Sing Baby Sing, Na Na Is the Saddest Word, Can’t Give You Anything and Can’t Help Falling in Love.

n Tickets are £28.50 and £25.50 from the box office on 01702 351135.

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