a brief history
Creed was born in 1949 in the Mt. Airy part
of Philadelphia. At 22, she got her first big break as a lyricist
when Dusty Springfield recorded her song "Free Girl."
What followed was her successful collaboration with songwriter/record
producer, Thom Bell, on such classic songs as The Stylistics'
"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)," "You
Are Everything," "Betcha By Golly, Wow" and
"I'm Stone In Love With You." Creed and Bell also
paired on a number of hits for the Spinners, including "Ghetto
Child," "I'm Coming Home," "Living A Little,
Laughing A Little" and, most famously, the 1976 blockbuster
"The Rubberband Man."
Her own personal favorite was "The Greatest Love Of All,"
which was originally sung by George Benson and would later
reach number one by Whitney Houston.
Linda Creed succumbed to breast
cancer on April 10, 1986, at age 37, after fighting the disease
for over 10 years. The following year, her family and friends
established the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation.
Linda Creed is remembered as one
of the creators of "The Philadelphia Sound." Her
music, her life and her love continue to inspire us all.