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‘Betcha by Golly, Wow’ The Stylistics leave audience yearning for more
By Wade Allen
When a legendary vocal group as famous as The Stylistics come to town, there’s no question on whether or not you go - you just go.
When the group appeared as part of the Nostalgia Concert Series on Oct. 2, nearly 800 people of all ages gathered in GPAC to take a stroll down memory lane.
The group consists of vocalists Herb Murrell, Eban Brown, Van Fields and Airrion Love.
The audience watched in amazement as the group not only sang all of their hit songs but danced throughout the concert, which lasted more than an hour and a half.
“This is how we used to dance,” Murrell said. “You know, up in Philly, at a party when the lights would be blue you’d know it was right.”
“Back when you could understand the words that were being sung...back when you didn’t shout profanities at your lady...you treated her like a lady,” Murrell said.
At certain points throughout the show, the performers would point the microphone toward the crowd and listen as the audience finished the entire chorus.
Hit after hit
The group dedicated “You Make Me Feel Brand New” to the women in the audience.
“That [‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’] has become the biggest-selling song for The Stylistics,” Murrell said.
Lead singer Eban Brown creates the high tenor voice that has become the trademark sound of The Stylistics. It distinguishes them from other vocal groups of the same time period, such as The Spinners, The Manhattans and The O’Jays.
As the concert progressed, many men began to put their arms around the women that they had come to the concert with.
“You Make Me Feel Brand New” earned the group a Grammy nomination in the 1970s.
The GPAC Nostalgia Concert Series does not host another group until Jan. 23, 2010, when the Boogie Wonder Band takes the stage to sing hit songs from the disco era.
For tickets or more information, call the GPAC box office at (910) 521-6287.