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Musicians
    (1968- )
    Formed in Philadelphia
    From two Philadelphia groups, the Monarchs and the Percussions
    Original line-up:
    Recorded 'You Make Me Feel Brand New,' 'Betcha by Golly, Wow,' 'Rockin' Roll Baby,' 'Break Up to Make Up,' 'You're a Big Girl Now,' 'I'm Stone in Love With You,' 'Heavy Fallin' Out,' 'Let's Put It All Together,' 'You Are Everything,' 'People Make the World Go Round,' 'You’ll Never Get to Heaven,' 'Stop Look Listen to Your Heart,' 'Sing Baby Sing,' 'Na Na Is the Saddest Word,' 'Can't Give You Anything' and 'Can't Help Falling in Love'
    Russell Thompkins Jr. (March 21, 1951- , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    Airrion Love (August 8, 1949- , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    James Smith (June 16, 1950- , born in New York City, New York)
    Herbie Murrell (April 27, 1949- , born in Lane, South Carolina)
    James Dunn (February 4, 1950- , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    Their first hit 'You're a Big Girl Now' cost their producer Bill Perry a little over $500 to make and release locally. A record company gave him $10,000 for the rights to the song, and the band never saw a nickel of it.
    Their new producer/songwriter Thom Bell created their biggest hits, and they showed their appreciation by leaving him in 1974.
    They then hooked up with Van 'The Hustle' McCoy and moved toward a softer, easy listening style. That's when their hits dried up.
    They are the only group to incorporate the words 'orthopedic shoes' into a Top 10 song ('Rockin' Roll Baby').
    Smith left the group in 1981 and wasn't replaced until they started touring as an oldies group in the '90s.
    In 2004, Thompkins formed and began touring with a new group, Russell Thompkins Jr and the New Stylistics.
    Murrell and Love are the only remaining original members left.
    Along with the Spinners and the O'Jays, they helped create 'The Sound of Philadelphia.'
    During the early '70s, they had 12 straight Top 10 hits.
    'You Make Me Feel Brand New' was a #2 smash in both the US and UK (1974).
    When American record sales declined, they remained popular in Europe, particularly in England, where they scored four Top 5 hits (1975-76).
    Ill health forced Dunn to retire (1978).
    In 2000, Thompkins suffered from serious vocal problems and the band was forced to find a replacement for him.
    They continue to perform year round and around the world as one of the more popular headliners in classic oldies soul shows.

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