The Stylistics



The Stylistics

Rating
Active
1968
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Biography
The Stylistics are a soul music vocal group, and were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968, and were composed of singers Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herb Murrell, Airrion Love, James Smith, and James Dunn. All of their US hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto voice of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush productions of Thom Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the 1970s." During the early 1970s, the group had twelve consecutive U.S.

Thoughts on Songs with The Stylistics

And what a beautiful song it is too - Comment by Betchabygollywo 2 years ago
I met the Stylistics years ago when they were playing in Ilfracombe and I asked them about the meaning of Payback is a Dog. It's nothing like what people think. When they were growing up in Phili, one of their mates Donny had a secret friend called Payback and no one could figure out who it was. Until one day he brought his secret friend to school. Payback was a dog! A little Jack Russell who had quite a nip on him. So when someone pissed Donny off it was Payback time and they'd end up with a bitten ass. And since Payback was so small and quick, he was long gone before the poor victim knew what'd happened. Years later when the Stylistics wrote the song they just left it to people's imagination. They asked me to keep this story a secret and only release it if Britain was in any kind of trouble. They thought it might help to take our minds off reality. We've left the EU and it's a kind of payback too. Kapeesh? - Comment by Betchabygollywo 2 years ago

Albums, Releases & Mixtapes


I'm Coming Home / I Run to You

I'm Coming Home / I Run to You

The Stylistics April 13, 2016

2 Tracks

You Gotta Have Soul / I'm Gonna Get You Back

You Gotta Have Soul / I'm Gonna Get You Back

The Stylistics March 25, 2016

2 Tracks

Thank You Baby

Thank You Baby

The Stylistics January 22, 2016

11 Tracks

Hits 100% The Stylistics

Hits 100% The Stylistics

The Stylistics October 17, 2014

17 Tracks

The Streetwise Recordings

The Streetwise Recordings

The Stylistics July 24, 2012

20 Tracks

Hurry Up This Way Again

Hurry Up This Way Again

The Stylistics March 8, 2011

8 Tracks

Can't Give You Anything But My Love:The Love Songs

Can't Give You Anything But My Love:The Love Songs

The Stylistics January 1, 2007

18 Tracks

Very Best of the Stylistics

Very Best of the Stylistics

The Stylistics November 8, 2005

21 Tracks

The Very Best of... and More

The Very Best of... and More

The Stylistics November 8, 2005

38 Tracks

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