Thom Bell with Linda Creed: selected co-written songs, 1970-1973

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Thom Bell (left) and the Stylistics

(above) Thom Bell, far left, and the Stylistics in recording studio

All songs featured in this page were written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed except “I’ll Be Around,” which was written by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt.

Songbook’s Thom Bell pages:

Songwriter profiles:

1970

Betcha By Golly, Wow (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)  — The song was originally recorded by Connie Stevens as “Keep Growing Strong” on the Bell Records label in 1970.  A recording by the Stylistics under the title “Betcha By Golly, Wow,” arranged and produced by Thom Bell, was released on their self-titled debut album in November 1971. In February 1972, a half-minute shorter edit of the track was issued as the A-side of the single Avco AV-4591, b/w “Ebony Eyes.” It climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #2 on the R&B chart.

The Stylistics — album version, about half a minute longer than the single

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Soul Train — Season 3, Episode 27, airdate: 13 April 1974

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Connie Stevens — “Keep Growing Strong” — issued in October 1970 on the single Bell B-922, b/w “Tick-Tock” (Walter Marks) — both sides arranged and produced by Thom Bell

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1971

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You Are Everything (m. Thom Bell, w. Linda Creed)

The Stylistics — Avco label single AV-4581, issued in October 1971*, b/w Country Living (Bell, Creed); each side produced, conducted, and arranged by Thom Bell —  singles chart success: #9 Hot 100, #10 R&B. It was the third of twelve consecutive top ten US R&B singles released by the Stylistics running from 1971 to 1974. The recording also appeared on the group’s self-titled debut album, Avco Records AV 33023, as the first track on side 2.

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Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye — from the LP Diana & Marvin, Motown M-803V1, released on 26 October 1973

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1972

The Spinners On NBC

I’ll Be Around (m. Thom Bell, w. Phil Hurtt)

Wikipedia says,

When The Spinners signed to Atlantic in 1972, they were a respected but commercially unremarkable singing group who had never had a top-ten pop hit — despite having been a recording act for over a decade. However, under the helm of producer and songwriter Thom Bell, The Spinners charted five top 100 singles (and two top tens) from their first post-Motown album, Spinners (1972), and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s.

The Bobby Smith-led “I’ll Be Around”, their first top ten hit, was actually the B-side of their first Atlantic single, “How Could I Let You Get Away.” Radio airplay for the B-side led Atlantic to flip the single over, with “I’ll Be Around” hitting #3 and “How Could I Let You Get Away” reaching #77. “I’ll Be Around” was also The Spinners’ first million-selling hit single.[2]

The Spinners —  single Atlantic 45-2904, issued on 22 July 1972, c/w “How Could I Let You Get Away” — Billboard chart success: #3 Hot 100, #1 R&B (5 weeks, 14 October-11 November 1972)

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Soul TrainSeason 2, Episode 21, airdate: Saturday, 24 February 1973

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1973

You Make Me Feel Brand New (m. Thom Bell, w. Linda Creed)

The Stylistics — The original full length version appeared on the album Rockin’ Roll Baby, released in November 1973. The single version, 35 seconds shorter, was issued in March 1974, on Avco AV-4634, b/w “Only For The Children” (Thom Bell, Linda Creed). Chart success: #2 Hot 100 (2 weeks), #5 R&B.

Rockin’ Roll Baby version:

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Soul Train — Season 3, Episode 27, airdate: Saturday, 13 April 1974

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principal sources:

Stylistics singles discography:

Spinners singles discography:

Second Hand Songs links:

Discogs.com
Google images
YouTube

Soul Train episode listings:
btv.guide.net
tv.com

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* 45cat gives the release date of the single as October 1971, but Wikipedia gives the date 13 May 1971. I’ve seen various dates for the release of the album on which it appeared as well.

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