Soul and rhythm & blues played a big part of the sounds of the early Seventies, and while many of the best hits never crossed over to Top 40 radio, there were many that did. One of the groups that did well as crossover artists was The Stylistics, who had five songs in the top 10 on the Hot 100, spending a total of 22 weeks there. On the R&B chart, they had twelve straight top 10 singles. In neither case did they have any #1 hits. Kind of a surprise, because they were one of the better vocal groups out of Philadelphia, featuring the falsetto of Russell Tompkins, Jr. and Thom Bell’s production.
The song that did the best on the Pop chart was “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” which went to #2, as well as #5 on the R&B chart, in 1974.
Their second best-selling single on the Pop chart was “Betcha By Golly Wow,” which reached #3, and #2 on the R&B chart, in 1972.
The Stylistics, your Two for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.