Russell Tompkins Jr was the lead singer with the Stylistics and he is celebrating his 70th birthday this week.
He was born in Philadelphia and whilst at school he started singing with a group called The Monarchs. They entered a local competition and made it to the final where they were in a head-to-head with the Percussions. The Monarchs won and soon after Tompkins and two other Monarch members James Smith and Airrion Love joined forces with two members of the Percussions, Herbie Murrell and James Dunn to form The Stylistics.
They scored 16 UK hits, nine of them top 10 including the number one Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love).
Let’s remember their third hit Break Up to Make Up from 1973.