This was written by the Philadelphia songwriters Linda Creed and Thom Bell. Both songwriters made huge contributions to the Philadelphia Soul sound, writing many hits for The Stylistics and The Spinners. Bell also produced this track.
This romantic ballad finds the singer looking back on all the good things his partner has done for him. He feels blessed and rejuvenated by her, and wants her to know how much she means to him. It was one of the first very popular Soul love songs that led to the emergence of the "Quiet Storm" format, where artists would combine very emotional lyrics with slow, sensuous arrangements to create very seductive music. Variations on the style continue to this day, as artists like Atlantic Starr, Boyz II Men, R. Kelly and John Legend picking up where The Stylistics left off.
Artists to cover this song include Roberta Flack, Boyz II Men, Simply Red, The 5th Dimension, Regina Belle and Babyface
This is the only Stylistics song on which falsetto Russell Thompkins and tenor Airrion Love share the lead vocal.
Bill from Lodi, CaIt's a shame that black artists don't write music like this today or anymore, all they want to do is rap.
Paul from Detroit, MiLove, love this song.. but I think this was released in summer 1974. It was fairly new when we danced to it at the prom in late May that year.
Dave from Easton, PaIt's a real shame that the Philly Soul sound is largely forgotten. This is some of the most memorable music ever written and performed. Russell Thompkins' vocal style and sound is unequaled. I had the honor to be In Atlantic City, NJ last year for a Philadelphia Soul concert that was taped for broadcast on PBS. IT was awesome! I got to hear the Stylistics in person and they, along with all the other acts, were just great.
Guy from Woodinville, WaA wonderful, wonderful song! This is the heart of Philadelphia Soul.