The Stylistics were one of the most well-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s, and recorded a remarkable 10 straight-top ten hits. Formed in 1968, they comprised lead Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herbie Murrell, Airrion Love, James Smith, and James Dunn.
The Stylistics’ catalog of hits have been mined frequently by other artists in recent years. Notable examples include “Betcha By Golly, Wow” covered by Prince, “You Are Everything” remade by Vanessa Williams, and “You Make Me Feel Brand New” redone by Boyz ll Men Roberta Flack and Simply Red. Mary J. Blige also used the chief line from the chorus of “You Are Everything” (“You are everything, and everything is you”) in her 1997 hit “Everything.” In 2006, Letoya Luckett used a similar sample to the background track of “You Are Everything” for the music to her hit single “Torn.”