Stylistics with Carl Carlton

July 31, 2017

Press Release
Saturday, June 17, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Treena Parvello, 520-342-2905
Matt Smith, 520-321-1111


TUCSON, Ariz. – The Stylistics with Carl Carlton are coming to the Diamond Center on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale starting Saturday, June 24. Tickets can be purchased at Desert Diamond Casino’s Rewards Center and through Star Tickets. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

One of the best things to ever happen to soul music began with the breakup of two high school bands. The remaining members united – and together they gifted the world with The Stylistics. In 1971, the group collaborated with legendary producer Thom Bell and released their debut self-titled album. Success was instant and phenomena and with the then unheard-of release of six singles from this album alone. The Stylistics produced 12 consecutive top-ten hits from 1971 to 1974, culminating in a Grammy nomination for “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” Hit has followed hit for The Stylistics, making them into a shining example of longevity in a business known for its one-hit wonders, breakups and strife.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Carl Carlton began his career in the mid-1960s and by 1968 had been signed to the Back Beat Record label. His first single with the label, “Competition Ain’t Nothing” became a huge hit on the UK northern soul scene. Carlton finally saw major success in the U.S. with a cover version of Robert Knight’s “Everlasting Love.” This song went to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #11 on the Billboard R&B Charts in 1974. Carlton’s next major hit was a Leon Haywood-penned single, “She’s a Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked)”, which peaked at #2 on the soul chart and earned Carlton a Grammy nomination in 1982. Carlton’s subsequent album, Carl Carlton, went gold in 1981.