Linda Creed found her way to the top of the best-selling charts as a member of a notable group of music makers known as the Philadelphia School. Born in the Quaker City in 1948, she attended Germantown High School, where she was active in music pursuits. In fact, during her high school years, she already was fronting her own band, Raw Soul, which made frequent appearances at the Philadelphia Athletic Club and at Sid Booker's Highline Lounge.
Out of school in the mid-'60s, and eager to move on, she left Philadelphia for New York, where she obtained a job as a secretary at the famed Mills Music publishing company. She also utilized the time to develop her skills as a lyricist, but after eight months of little success, and feeling defeated, she returned to her hometown, which later became the inspiration for the song, "I'm Coming Home," (co-written with another prominent Philadelphian, Thom Bell).
At age 22, Creed's patience was rewarded when her song, "Free Girl," was recorded by British artist Dusty Springfield. Soon, she had another favorable opportunity to join Mighty Three Music (an affiliate of Philadelphia International Records) headed by the successful songwriting trio of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell. The association with Bell, led two years later to a recording of her song, "Stop, Look and Listen," by The Stylistics, a Philadelphia group whose records were being produced by Thom Bell. Thereafter, numerous hits followed in quick succession, among them were "You Are Everything," "I'm Stone in Love with You," "Betcha, By Golly, Wow," "Break Up to Make Up," "Rock n' Roll Baby," "Rubber Band Man."