There was no stopping Philadelphia soul hitmakers the Stylistics in the mid-1970s. By then, they had scored a remarkable ten consecutive American top ten R&B hits in three and a half years, and five that had crossed over to the US pop top ten in the previous two and a half.
1974 had already been a glorious year for the quintet, with ‘Rockin’ Roll Baby’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ making No. 3 and No. 5 respectively on the soul survey as well as hitting the UK top ten. ‘Brand New,’ indeed, was racing up the British charts that July on its way to a No. 2 peak, held off the top only by another Philly soul gem, the Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again.’
Now, in the US, it was time for another anthemic ballad. On 27 July 1974, the Stylistics debuted on both the pop and soul charts with ‘Let’s Put It All Together,’ written by their producers Hugo & Luigi, the New York-based cousins Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, with George David Weiss.
The album of the same name had been released in May, alongside its first single ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New,’ which oddly was appearing on its second Stylistics album in a row. It had appeared in a longer version on late 1973’s Rockin’ Roll Baby set.
‘Let’s Put It All Together’ debuted confidently on Hot Soul Singles at No. 74 and No. 77 on the Hot 100, as the parent LP climbed 5-4 on the R&B album chart. The single went on to become yet another top ten soul smash for the stylish fivesome, reaching No. 8, and hit a more than respectable No. 18 pop. In October, it started its transatlantic journey, becoming their third UK top ten hit of the year at No. 9. 1974 was proving to be a memorable year for the Stylistics.
‘Let’s Put It All Together’ is on The Very Best of the Stylistics, which can be bought here.
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