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


page originally published on 28 March 2014; latest edit: 27 October 2022


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:

selected songs included in the page:

  • 1970 — Keep Growing Strong / Betcha By Golly, Wow
  • 1971 — You Are Everything
  • 1972 —  I’ll Be Around
  • 1973 — You Make Me Feel Brand New


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

from the album The Stylistics, (US) Avco Records AV-33023, issued on 6 November 1971


single Avco AV-4591, issued in February 1972, b/w “Ebony Eyes”


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


 Connie Stevens pillow love 1Connie Stevens hoop earrings 1

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



1971 The Stylistics (debut LP), Avco Records AV-33023 (front)1971 The Stylistics (debut LP), Avco Records AV-33023 (back)

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.


1973 Diana & Marvin, Motown M-803V1, tri-fold inside photo-d43

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



The Spinners On NBC

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

The Wikipedia page on The Spinners** 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 [(1973)], 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)


on Soul Train, Season 2, Episode 21, airdate: Saturday, 24 February 1973


The Spinners also performed “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” (Mystro & Lyric) on the same Soul Train episode.


from the album Spinners, (US) Atlantic SD 7256, released, according to, in March 1973 (Wikipedia says April 1973)**


1973 You Make Me Feel Brand New-Stylistics1973 Rockin' Roll Baby-Stylistics-Avco Records AV-11010-598


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


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


principal sources:

Stylistics singles discography:

Spinners singles discography:

Second Hand Songs links:
Google images

Soul Train episode listings:


* 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.

** The Wikipedia pages on The Spinners and the song “I’ll Be Around” each suggest that the album Spinners was released in 1972, but I haven’t found any other evidence to support that date. It’s dated 1973 at, where displayed album labels bear the date 1973, and March 1973 at RateYourMusic.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. doc
    Jul 03, 2017 @ 15:06:44

    A wonderful interpretation of “I’ll Be Around” by Michael Sharp, published on 2 July 2012



  2. doc
    Sep 01, 2017 @ 00:56:27

    Nia Frazier (age 6) sings “Betcha By Golly, Wow.”



  3. doc
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 14:26:43

    Nia (age 4) sings “Can’t Hide Love” (Skip Scarborough), Earth, Wind & Fire version


    Nia (age 5) sings “Can’t Hide Live” with Earth, Wind & Fire, soundcheck and live performance, at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, 17 March 2007


    Nia (age 4) sings “Love’s Holiday”/ “Brazilian Rhyme,” from the 1977 Earth, Wind & Fire album All’N All


    Nia sings “Love’s Holiday” (Skip Yarborough, Maurice White), with Earth, Wind & Fire, Las Vegas, 16 March 2007



    Nia with EWF in Las Vegas, March 2007, “outtakes”



  4. Brad Kyle
    Dec 29, 2022 @ 09:30:58

    The Sound of Philadelphia Playlist of little-known & popular ’70s songs by Gamble, Huff, & Bell!

    Liked by 1 person


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