“Betcha by Golly, Wow” – The Stylistics – R&B – 1971

The Stylistics Maybe I’m an anomaly. I’ve liked R&B music as far back as I can remember and The Stylistics was just one of the many groups I listened to.

I have to really dig into the recesses of my memory when going back before 1978. That was the year I graduated from high school. It was also the year I entered the military.

“Betcha by Golly, Wow” appeared on the first album put out by The Stylistics in 1971 but it didn’t do well until it was released as a single in 1972. Of course, I didn’t know that back then. I’m pretty sure I was at the prepubescent age of 11 before I even heard the song on the radio.

The Stylistics

I’ll be honest. I thought the lead singer was a woman. How was I to know it was the falsetto voice of Russell Thompkins, Jr.? I didn’t even know men could speak (or sing) at such a high pitch. Of course, back in 1972, I didn’t know much about anything.

One thing I remember, in one corner of the dark areas of my mind, is that this is the song I was hearing on someone’s radio in front of the Junior High School (later called Middle School and eventually closed) while one of my sisters tried to hook me up with the principal’s daughter.

Think about it: It was 1972 and I was 11-years old (turning 12 in a couple of months). I didn’t know anything about anything, especially girls – I hadn’t reached puberty yet. An older sister (one year and four months older) was trying to set me up with a girlfriend. And it wasn’t the last time. She tried it again when I was 15. Sometimes, when I think back (and it’s been more than 40 years), I wonder how I survived my pre-adult years.

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