Monday, March 27, 2017

The Stylistics ‎– People Make The World Go Round (Avco)

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Russell Allen Thompkins, Jr. got introduced to music by his father and started singing at school. There he became a member of a local vocal group, The Monarch, who defeated another one – the Percussions – during a talent show at Benjamin Franklin High School. With both groups disbanding soon eafter, Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love from The Monarchs, and James Dunn and Herbie Murrell from the Percussions, joined forces to form a new group called The Stylistics in 1968.
Surrounded by producer Thom Bell and lyricist Linda Creed, they would have 12 consecutive U.S. R&B top 10 hits from 1971 to 1974, with their most renown one being ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, displaying Thompkins‘s unique falsetto singing style. Another joint worth the listen being ‘People Make The World Go Round’ taken from their self-titled debut-album released back in 1971.
The split woud happen be commercially devastating to the group’s success in the U.S. with Bell ceasing working with them in 1974.
Thompkins has remained active though starting a new group back in 2004 called Russell Thompkins, Jr. And the New Stylistics along with with Raymond Johnson, Jonathan Buckson and James Ranton who left the group for health reasons.

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