Library Rock's Backpages

The Stylistics

Stylistics, The

27 articles

List of articles in the library

By date | By writer | Most recently added

The Stylistics: Four Releases, Four Hits!

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 March 1972

FOR SO LONG, the Delfonics were acclaimed as the leading exponents of the Philadelphia Sound and that was the way it stayed until only a ...

Stylistics sock it out sweetly

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 10 June 1972

THOUGH THE music of Detroit, Memphis and Muscle Shoals receives more publicity over here, the East Coast city of Philadelphia, just over 100 miles south ...

The Stylistics

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 16 June 1972

IN THE past year or so, we have been blessed with more genuine talent acceptance for our music and those who make it than at ...

The Stylistics: The Sound Of Sweet Soul

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 3 November 1972

PERHAPS ONE of the most significant 'happenings' this year has been the much-deserved chart success of the sweet-soul-sounding Stylistics who have undoubtedly been hailed as ...

Stylistics' Soulful Romance

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc, 4 November 1972

WHAT MOTOWN did for Detroit, writers like Thom Bell, Gamble and Huff, and groups like the Stylistics are now doing for Philadelphia. With their brand ...

Stylistics: Who Has The Talent?

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 4 November 1972

IN THIS technological age it's sometimes said producers and arrangers are more important than artists. ...

The Stylistics: on poll success... Thom Bell... the Supper Club Scene

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 11 May 1973

IT REALLY wasn't such a surprise to B&S readers that the Stylistics' first album should come out as top album in the annual B&S Poll. ...

The Temptations, the Stylistics: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 16 June 1973

Night Was Right, Thrill Wasn't There ...

Thom Bell: Creator of Classical Soul

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 November 1973

IF YOU study Thom Bell's creative work, there is an undeniable classical influence in everything he does. The easy explanation to this is that the ...

Philly Special: The Thom Bell Story

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1974

THOM BELL smiles a lot. And it isn't only his natural good humour which creases his handsome, bearded face into another explosion of laughter. Over ...

Rockin' Roll Stylistics

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 26 February 1974

IT WAS indeed a pleasure to greet Stylistic Airrion Love with the news that the groups current single, 'Rockin' Roll Baby', had just attained No. ...

The Stylistics Story

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, May 1974

AIRRON LOVE, spokesman for the Stylistics, didn't seem to realise he was announcing something guaranteed to reduce thousands of the group's loyal following to hand ...

The Stylistics, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 21 May 1974

AS PART of their first major tour of the UK. Avco's Stylistics performed at the Odeon, Hammersmith on Saturday May 4th to a pretty full ...

Van McCoy: The Hustler

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, July 1975

Disco hero of 'Hustle' fame... man behind the Stylistics' current success... and writer, producer, arranger whose hits go back 15 years. The legendary VAN McCOY ...

The Stylistics, Freda Payne: Cunard International Hotel, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 26 July 1975

THE STYLISTICS came onstage around midnight and, judging by the yawns on many people's faces, it wasn't a moment too soon. London's Cunard International Hotel ...

The Stylistics: Sing, Baby, Sing!

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 2 August 1975

ABUSE COMES too easily. The Stylistics are the masters of sweet soul, the kings of lush sentiment, and the lords of overstated romance. Even their ...

Bell rings the Stylistics

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, 16 August 1975

THEY CAN'T dance, they do sing and they sell records like anything. But lets face it, how can they miss? The songs are written for ...

Van McCoy: The World's Oldest Disco Kid

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1976

VAN McCOY has crossed the ten million sales mark with 'The Hustle', a dance tune which will rank in influence with 'The Twist'. Yet the ...

The Stylistics: You Are Beautiful (Avco 9109 00S) **

Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1976

OLD LOYALTIES die hard. As one whose heart still flutters when recalling an onstage version of 'You Are Everything' done in the purest a cappella, ...

The Stylistics: 'Chitlins In A Basket' Special

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 24 April 1976

Stylistics/Brook Benton/Three Degrees: The Palladium, London ...

Stylistics Plead Guilty To Recent Lack Of Direction

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 25 October 1977

The guys feel they have been out of tune with the market for a while now but they are planning steps to get their career ...

The Stylistics: Back 'In Fashion'

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 September 1978

In Fashion just happens to be the title of the group's debut album for the Mercury label and it looks like giving them their biggest ...

Freddie Jackson: Rock Me Tonight (Capitol); Stylistics: Some Things Never Change (Virgin)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 1 June 1985

TWO STATE of the art soul releases beckoning the consumer in time for the inevitable summer boom. ...

The Stylistics: Style Wars

Interview by David Toop, Black Echoes, 24 August 1985

DAVID TOOP talks to the world's greatest soft soul harmony group – THE STYLISTICS ...

In Praise of the Falsetto

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, The Independent, 3 November 1995

The castrato may be dead, if temporarily exhumed in the film Farinelli, but men continue to sing like women. Barney Hoskyns reaches for the high ...

Sweet Soul Symphonics: Thom Bell and the Stylistics

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

THE STYLISTICS were a permanent fixture on the British pop charts of the early '70s. Every tenth record that came out of my tinny transistor ...

Symphonic Soul: "You get more bees with honey"

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 16 November 2007

Take one soul ballad. Add a falsetto vocal, swooping strings, timpani and an oboe or two. That's symphonic soul. Paul Lester talks to the heroes ...

see also Thom Bell


back to LIBRARY