Most people can name groups that were affiliated with the recordings that came to be grouped together as Philly Soul. Naming the producers of the records is more of a challenge. Maybe you can’t name the connection for the Delfonics, the Stylistics, and the Spinners, but Thom (Tommy) Bell was the producer responsible for all three groups. From late 1971 until the end of 1974 he produced the Stylistics and helped them create a series of hit records. While the records did better on the R&B charts, they still managed ten top forty records including five top ten hits in the span of barely three years.
Their last hit record in 1973 was Rock and Roll Baby, which got as high as #14. The group was even lucky enough to lip sync and dance to the song on Soul Train.
Their next single, You Make Me Feel Brand New, was their most successful record, which peaked at #2. After that success, Thom stopped producing the group. Hugo & Luigi produced Let’s Put It All Together, which went to #18 in the Summer of 1974.
After that Summer, the group went through numerous producers and lineup changes, but they never again hit the Pop top forty.
Russell Thompkins, Jr., the original lead singer left the group in 2000 and founded the New Stylistics in 2004, giving fans multiple choices for hearing the old tunes live.