Philly soul veterans The Stylistics to open autumn tour at York Barbican on Oct 29

The Stylistics : In harmony at York Barbican and Nidd Hall Hotel this autumn

PHILADELPHIA soul stalwarts The Stylistics will bookend this autumn’s 25-date UK Greatest Hits Tour with North Yorkshire concerts: York Barbican on October 29 and Nidd Hall Hotel, Nidd, near Harrogate, on December 2.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday at, and (for Nidd Hall).

At present playing a sold-out American tour, The Stylistics line up with original members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell alongside Barrington ‘Bo’ Henderson and Jason Sharp.

Competing to be on the set list will be such harmonious highs as 1975 UK number one Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love), I’m Stone In Love With You, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Let’s Put It All Together, You Are Everything, Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), Betcha By Golly, Wow, Sing Baby Sing, Break Up To Make Up and You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart).

Formed in Philadelphia in 1968 from two groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs, under the guidance of their English teacher Beverly Hamilton, The Stylistics recorded their first song, You’re A Big Girl Now, at Virtue Recording Studio, Philadelphia, written by guitarist Robert “Doc” Douglas and road manager Marty Bryant.

The Stylistics: The very definition of Philly soul

Veteran producer Tom Bell produced the group’s self-titled debut album, featuring Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), You Are Everything and Betcha By Golly, Wow, among no fewer than six singles. Their second album, the aptly named Round Two, arrived in October 1972, as Russell Thompkins Jr, James Smith, James Dunn, Murrell and Love became the Philly group.

Murrell and Love, friends since junior high school, keep The Stylistics’ Seventies’ institution alive after a career of seven gold albums, five gold singles, two double gold singles, eight platinum albums, one double platinum album, four Platinum singles and a 1974 Grammy nomination for You Make Me Feel Brand New.

In 1994, The Stylistics were given a plaque on the Walk Of Fame in Center City, Philadelphia. Ten years later, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

Their autumn itinerary includes further Yorkshire shows at The Dome, Doncaster, on November 25 and St George’s Hall, Bradford, on November 28. Box office: Doncaster,; Bradford, 01274 432000 or

The Stylistics last played York Barbican on November 27 2022 on a 27-date autumn visit.

Betcha by golly wow, The Stylistics are on their way to York Barbican in November

The Stylistics: “We can’t wait to be back in the UK”

PHILADELPHIA soul veterans The Stylistics will play York Barbican on November 27 on their 27-date autumn tour.

Further Yorkshire dates will follow at Halifax Victoria Theatre on November 29 and Sheffield City on November 30, each starting at 7.30pm.

The Stylistics will tour with founder members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell, both 72, alongside ‘Bo’ Henderson and Jason Sharp.

“We can’t wait to back in the UK performing all our hits, bringing back great memories and having a great evening with you all,” they say.

Formed in 1968 with a line-up of Russell Thompkins Jr, Love, Murrell, James Smith and James Dunn, they notched Seventies’ hits with such harmonious highs as I’m Stone In Love With You, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Let’s Put It All Together, Betcha By Golly Wow, Break Up To Make Up, You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) and You Are Everything.

Tickets for the October 28 to December 2 tour go on sale at 9am on Friday on 0844 888 9991 or at For York,; Sheffield,; Halifax,

The Stylistics, the statistics

Seven Gold albums; five Gold singles; two Double Gold singles; eight Platinum albums; one Double Platinum album; four Platinum singles; Grammy nomination in 1974 for You Make Me Feel Brand New; plaque on Walk Of Fame, Center City, Philadelphia, 1994; inductees into Vocal Group Hall Of Fame, May 2004.