People & Places
A Brief History
Linda 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.
Linda Creed, Thom Bell's songwriting partner, was beautiful, talented and a very nice, special person. I spent many a days having conversations about our love for music. Linda worked in the Shubert Building in Philadelphia, PA on the sixth floor with Thom Bell. I was on the 2nd floor with Madara/White Productions. Every music personality on the East Coast was at Linda's funeral. She was very well loved and respected by everyone.