Song of the Day: The Stylistics, “Betcha By Golly, Wow” #rmf

The Stylistics had a bunch of hits in the ’70’s, primarily ballads that featured the falsetto of lead singer Russell Thompkins Jr. and the production of Thom Bell. They had twelve straight records reach the Top Ten on the R&B chart in the early ’70’s, including "Betcha By Golly, Wow." Its original title was "Keep Growing Strong" when Bell and Linda Creed wrote it for Connie Stevens, who recorded it in 1970, but it failed to chart. The Stylistics recorded it in 1971 for their eponymous debut album, and it was released as a single in February 1972. It rose to #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart, and #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It earned a Gold record for selling a million records. Billboard‘s year-end chart placed it at #18.

21 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Stylistics, “Betcha By Golly, Wow” #rmf

    1. They were well-trained, many of them at church, and worked well together. And it was the way they were dressed and their dance moves that really added a lot of the performance. They were entertainers, with the kind of class that you don’t see much anymore.

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  1. I know this song but it doesn’t do much for me as I am not one for this style, for the most part. Interesting that it was written for Connie Stevens and it was a klunker for her.


  2. Great tune. John,I’d never thought i would have to admitt this to anyone but Being a Widower is the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me.


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