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The Stylistics was formed in Philadelphia, PA in 1966 from two groups, “The Percussions” and “The Monarchs”. When members from each group were drafted or went on to further their education, the remaining members under the guidance of their English teacher Beverly Hamilton joined forces and changed the name to “The Stylistics”.
After working locally for a number of years, the group was approached by Bill Perry who asked if they would be interested in recording. Their first song “You’re a Big Girl Now” was recorded at Virtue Recording Studio, a local studio in Philadelphia. This song was written by the group guitarist at the time, Robert “Doc” Douglas and Road Manager, Marty Bryant. The sessions cost Bill Perry a little over $500.00 to produce and was released locally. It was soon picked up in the tri-state area and before long, it became a number 1 hit in Philadelphia and a few other cities.
Bill was interested it promoting the record national but didn’t have the resources. He decided to contact Avco Records and made a deal. Rumor has it, Bill received over $10,000.00 from Avco of which the group never saw a dime. After the success of “You’re A Big Girl Now”, Avco wanted to naturally follow up with an album release. Hit veteran producer Tom Bell was contacted and was hired to produce the group’s first album. The album was entitled “The Stylistics” and from that album came “Stop, Look, Listen to your Heart”,
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