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The Delfonics

The Delfonics were one of the first groups to sing in the sleek, soulful style that became popularized (thanks to producer Thom Bell) as the "Philadelphia sound." A vocal trio made up of brothers William and Wilbert Hart and high school friend Randy Cain, the Delfonics roots go back to doo wop singing at school dances in the early '60s. They were well-known in the Philly area for their supple, airtight harmonic talent, which brought them to the attention of record producers, eventually landing them a contract with Cameo-Parkway. While their early records brought them little if any notice, it did bring them to the attention of producer/arranger Thom Bell, who signed the band to his soon-to-be influential soul label Philly Groove. Right from the start this was a perfect match as the band released the classic "La La Means I Love You" in 1968, a song that began a string of hits lasting into the mid-'70s.

The sound that Bell created for the Delfonics was the antithesis of the soul sound that came from Stax in Memphis and Muscle Shoals in Alabama. He sandpapered away the grit, lightened up on the backbeat, brought in string sections, and created a smooth, airy sound. Critics enamored of the soul singing of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding accused Bell and his groups of creating aural wallpaper, but the reality was that Bell and the Delfonics were setting the stage for a different kind of groove where subtlety and nuance reigned.

The hits slowed for the Delfonics in the mid-'70s, and in 1971 Randy Cain quit the band and was replaced by Major Harris. A few more minor hits followed but Harris left the band for a solo career in 1975, effectively finishing the Delfonics. Multiple versions of the group toured, and one even released an album, Return, in 1981.

In the late '90s, the William Hart, Major Harris, and Frank Washington (of the Futures) version of the Delfonics appeared on Ghostface Killah's "After the Smoke Has Cleared." (The group had long been a frequent source of sampled material for hip-hop artists.) The band also played a significant musical role in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown. Tarantino, a '70s pop culture obsessive, used "La La Means I Love You" and their best single, "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," as a way of underscoring the relationship between actors Pam Grier and Robert Forster. In the film, Forster's character is so struck by the music (and Grier's character), he goes out and buys a Delfonics' Greatest Hits cassette the following day. Near the end of the decade, the William Hart-led version of the group released Forever New on the revived Volt label. Multiple forms of the group continued to exist through the 2000s. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Adrian Younge -- notable for his soundtrack to the 2009 blaxploitation comedy Black Dynamite, as well as Venice Dawn's Something About April -- sought William Hart to record an album-length project in which the singer was front and center. Hart obliged, and Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics was released on Wax Poetics in 2013. ~ John Dougan, Rovi
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Someone special once dedicated this song to me ♡

Vicky From New York all my life I listen to you guys the partys black light I love U so Much thanks for everything P keep playing those back in the day songs
If you can never love me its ok, at least I will know so I can move on and not be sitting at home on weekends.
Your about to lose a very good woman.. Im not perfect and I have things I have to work on but I would drop it now if there was to ever be a me and you.
Somebody. Tell me. Where. Are. The. Good. Guys. At. It's. Hard. To. Find. A. Good. Man. I. Guess. I. Have. To. Dream. One. Up
Boy how I listen to this album when I broke up with the love of my life lucy Mejia 25yrs ago babe im sorry I still love you with my heart
This music was so awesome can't explain it!
Their music will last forever. No other group can compare or match! RQ/rlh
These. Guys. So. Romantic. The. Right. Words. Right. Sound. Now. Just. Need. The. Right. Man. Sweet. Bee
terrie.warde n
Awesome group this is music!!!
One of the greatest groups ever.
I LOVE ALL MY PREFORMERS FROM PHILLY FROM PATTI LABELLE AND HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES LOVE YOU ALL SMILE....... . . .
Greatest era.of music ever classic love songs.
BLUE LIGHT SOUL FROM BROTHERLY LOVE KNOWN AS THE PHILLY SOUND COME TO CHICAGO AND SING SMILE....... . . . . . . . . .
Those were the days. I remember when we used to stand on the corner's in Philly with a bottle of wine and sing these kinds of songs and the girls would sit and listen to us and tell us how good we would sound. We wanted to be the next, Delfonics, Stylistics or Intruders. Oh how simple life was in those days.
sweet, mellow soul for the masses
This music will always bring good memories of happier times.
Wow!!!!!!
Thiz music
La, la, la I love you Delfonics, love any and everything you sing. ♥♥♥ Thank you Pandora
celiathomas1 0 2 6
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Dellfonics
I gave you was the best.
Didn't I blow your mind this time!! Love this song.
Love any and every song recorded by this wonderful group of so fine singers.Wher e are you guys??. Keep the memories alive Pandora,
such a beautiful sweet soul sound.People fell in love to this music
rhall008
Good stuff from a time gone to bad
TELL ME THIS IS A DREAM SOMEBODY..IT HURTS ME SOO BAD......
I used to enjoy watching the dolphins in the Raymond rose projects project Diamond Street down the street 25th
I remember the first time I saw the DelFonics at the UPTOWN THEATER in North Philly. I was blown away!! The good ole days. . . . .
"Trying To Make A Fool Of Me"
Choices Are Never To-Be Regrets
Lovers-Rock- S t e a d y - B l u e s
H-Town~Rocki n ' ~ W e - A i n ' t - S t o p i n ' - T h a - M u s i c
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 8 m 1 4 y ~
U SAY THAT U NEED ME!!!!HAHA
taildragger4 2 3
I seen them perform this song, so many many times, damn how time goes.
clasedash6
I'm really sorry MmBr... I shouldn't interrupted your life.
ONE DAY!!
My original group of all time.
Love this song ��������
Thanks
awesome brings back memories
Big tune not on the iutside
Memories and goid ones
This was when you had a friend they were there no matter what the music was something you could have in your life without all the problems that are taking are young people lives today
I love this song it takes me back....way back!
Over!!!!!
Thank you for having a ♥ so true. I know you are watching over us proud the 3 boyz in football chyio cheering and me doing the grandparents thing since you had to go. My sweet love we feel you with us really strong sometimes. I need to have you next to me and I am so sad it can not happen again in this life♥♥:'(
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Good ole days music
I,I.....
Get up girl let me show u how this go
Real deal
One of the best of Philly Soul...So sweet and full of love when we were honest about it
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