7. Russell Thompkins Jr., Stylistics lead singer, was a member of a local vocal group called the Monarchs who defeated another group called the Precussions in a talent show at Benjamin Franklin High School. Both groups disbanded shortly thereafter. Their remaining members, Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love from the Monarchs, and James Dunn and Herbie Murrell from the Percussions, joined together to form a new group called The Stylistics in 1968. Russell Thompkins, Jr. is third from left sitting.
March 21, 2011