RUSSELL THOMPKINS, Jr. , Collection — New music: 2020! Below, Russell joins forces with legendary BRIAN WILSON of THE BEACH BOYS for one special evening.
Russell Thompkins Jr. of the Stylistics – joining Brian and the band tonight singing “Don’t Worry Baby.”
Posted by Brian Wilson on Saturday, September 28, 2019
A MATTER OF STYLE
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF GREAT MUSIC FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST VOCALISTS OF ALL TIME: RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR.
Russell Thompkins Jr., the original lead singer of harmony gurus The Stylistics, possesses one of the most recognizable voices in all of popular music. His platinum-selling hits, couching the greatest of the Philly Sound, have been copied or covered by perennial crooners and songbirds, including Johnny Mathis, Prince, and Phyllis Hyman. “Betcha By Golly Wow,” a monster smash for decades, has never stopped selling, and “You “Make Me Feel Brand New” is still brand new to a younger generation of music lovers who’ve come to appreciate a new world of popular and R&B music. “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart),” “You Are Everything,” and “Break Up to Make Up” provide not only contrast to the discography but near-matchless touch of romanticism. And “I’m Stone in Love With You” became a mouthpiece for the lovelorn the world over. We can go all night and we would still be yacking about other great hits from the mouth of Russell Thompkins Jr. Russell himself said of his nearly 50 years in show business: “It’s been fun, and I never lost my love for music and the songs we made popular. I’m proud of the things we accomplished.” Though the original group of Stylistics have gone through staff changes, Russell Thompkins Jr. continues to carry the torch for the ensemble. Since their first album in 1971, his New Stylistics have not missed a step. Whether concerts or recordings, the sound of Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics in 2020 continues to attract a growing number who long for the music that never fades. Look for Russell to collaborations with other great legendary acts like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys as they treat audiences to a blend of sweet Philly soul and pop, rock, and other musical extractions.
Below: Russell Thompkins Jr. sings lead on “Don’t Worry Baby” with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys — 2020.
Above: Brian Wilson, Russell Thompkins Jr., and The Zombies blend Beach Boys harmonies with sweet Philly soul.