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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Tell Me This Is A Dream (Expanded Version)

1. Hey! Love

2. I'm A Man

3. Too Late

4. Love You Till I Die

5. Looking For A Girl

6. Walk Right Up To The Sun

7. Round & Round

8. Baby I Miss You

9. Delfonics Theme

10. Tell Me This Is A Dream

11. Think It Over (7" Version)

12. Don't Throw It All Away (7" Version)

13. I Don't Care What People Say (7" Version)

14. Baby I Miss You (7" Mono Version)

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Track List: Close Encounter

1. Close Encounter Of The Love Kind (Re-Recording)

2. For The Love I Give To You (Re-Recording)

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Track List: Philly Groove Records Presents: The Way Things Were

1. I Told You So

2. First Thing On My Mind

3. Men Of Action

4. Oh My Love

5. I've Got Everything

6. Pardon Me Girl

7. The Phoney

8. The Way Things Are (Aren't What They Used To Be)

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Track List: Philly Groove Records Presents: This Time

1. You'll Get Enough

2. Don't Leave Me

3. Seventeen (And In Love)

4. Start All Over Again

5. Can't Go On Living

6. Think It Over

7. Hey Baby

8. Lying To Myself

9. I Don't Want To Make You Wait

10. Your Name

11. This Time, This Time

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Track List: Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics

1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)

2. Lost Without You

3. True Love

4. Silently

5. Enemies

6. To Be Your One

7. Stand Up

8. Just Love

9. So In Love With You

10. I Can't Cry No More

11. Lover's Melody

12. Party's Over

13. Life Never Ends

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Track List: Live At B.B. King's

1. Intro/Medley

2. When You Get Right Down To It

3. Break Your Promise

4. Love Won't Let Me Wait

5. My Girl

6. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

7. For The Love I Give To You

8. La La Means I Love You

9. Let's Fall In Love

10. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

11. Over And Over

12. I'm Sorry

13. Somebody Loves You

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Track List: The Essential Delfonics

Disc 1

1. La-La Means I Love You (Remastered)

2. Can't Get Over Losing You

3. I'm Sorry (Remastered)

4. You Are Gone

5. Break Your Promise (Remastered)

6. Alfie

7. The Shadow Of Your Smile

8. The Look Of Love

9. Can You Remember

10. A Lover's Concerto

11. Hurt So Bad

12. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) (Remastered)

13. Somebody Loves You (Remastered)

14. Let It Be Me (Remastered)

15. Hot Dog (I Love You So) (Remastered)

16. Ain't That Peculiar (Remastered)

17. With These Hands (Remastered)

18. Face It Girl, It's Over (Remastered)

19. Going Out Of My Head (Remastered)

20. Everytime I See My Baby (Remastered)

Disc 2

1. Delfonics Theme (How Could You) (Remastered)

2. Funny Feeling (Remastered)

3. My New Love

4. You've Got Yours And I'll Get Mine

5. You Can't Be Loving Him (Remastered)

6. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (Remastered)

7. Down Is Up, Up Is Down (Remastered)

8. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me (Remastered)

9. Baby I Love You (Remastered)

10. When You Get Right Down To It (Remastered)

11. I Gave To You (Remastered)

12. Over And Over (Remastered)

13. Think About Me (Remastered)

14. Hey! Love

15. Walk Right Up To The Sun

16. Round & Round

17. Tell Me This Is A Dream

18. I'm A Man

19. Baby I Miss You

20. Delfonics Theme

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Track List: The Delfonics

1. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

2. Funny Feeling

3. When You Get Right Down To It

4. Baby I Love You

5. Delfonics Theme (How Could You)

6. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me (Remastered)

7. Down Is Up, Up Is Down

8. Over And Over

9. Think About Me

10. I Gave To You

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Track List: Delfonics Live On Tour

1. JJ Walker Intro

2. Ready Or Not Here I Come

3. La La Means I Love You

4. Let's Fall In Love

5. My Girl

6. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

7. When You Get Right Down To It

8. Break Your Promise

9. Love Won't Let Me Wait

10. For The Love I Give To You

11. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration

12. I Miss You

13. Tryin To Make A Fool Of Me

14. Somebody Loves You

15. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

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Track List: Best Of Delfonics

1. La La (Means I Love You)

2. I'm Sorry

3. Break Your Promise

4. Ready Or Not Here I Come

5. Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time

6. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me

7. How Long Will You Stay

8. If The World Runs Out Of Love

9. She Said Don't Love Me (But It Was Too Late)

10. Listen To My Heart

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Track List: Love Songs

1. Somebody Loves You

2. La-La Means I Love You

3. Can You Remember

4. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)

5. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

6. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me

7. Everytime I See My Baby

8. Over And Over

9. When You Get Right Down To It

10. Break Your Promise

11. Hey! Love

12. I'm Sorry

13. I Gave To You

14. Hot Dog (I Love You So)

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. La La Means I Love You

2. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)

3. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me

4. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

5. Going Out Of My Head

6. You've Got Yours And I'll Get Mine

7. Somebody Loves You

8. Funny Feeling

10. I'm Sorry

11. When You Get Right Down To It

12. Delfonics Theme (How Could You)

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. La La Means I Love You

2. I'm Sorry

3. Break Your Promise

4. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)

5. Somebody Loves You

6. Funny Feeling

7. Loving Him

8. You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine

9. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

10. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me

11. When You Get Right Down To It

12. Over And Over

13. Delfonics Theme

14. Hey Love

15. Walk Right Up To The Sun

16. Tell Me This Is A Dream

17. Think It Over

18. I Don't Want To Make You Wait

19. I Told You So

20. Lying To Myself

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Track List: Forever New

1. Forever New

2. She's The Kinda Girl

3. My World Revolves Around You

4. Just Come To Me

5. When You're Gone

6. No One Knows

7. One And One Is Five

8. Break Your Promise

9. Somewhere In My Life

10. I Will Remember You

11. Rules Of The Game

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Track List: La-La Means I Love You: The Definitive Collection

1. La-La Means I Love You

2. I'm Sorry

3. Break Your Promise

4. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)

5. Somebody Loves You

6. Funny Feeling

7. Loving Him

8. You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine

9. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

10. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me

11. When You Get Right Down To It

12. Over And Over

13. Delfonics Theme

14. Hey! Love

15. Walk Right Up To The Sun

16. Tell Me This Is A Dream

17. Think It Over

18. I Don't Want To Make You Wait

19. I Told You So

20. Lying To Myself

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Track List: The Sound Of Sexy Soul

1. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)

2. Let It Be Me

3. Hot Dog (I Love You So)

4. You Can't Be Loving Him

5. Ain't That Peculiar

6. With These Hands

7. Face It Girl, It's Over

8. Going Out Of My Head

9. My New Love

10. Somebody Loves You

11. Scarborough Fair

12. Everytime I See My Baby

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Track List: La La Means I Love You

1. I'm Sorry

2. Break Your Promise

3. The Shadow Of Your Smile

4. Hurt So Bad

5. Losing You

6. Alfie

7. La-La Means I Love You

8. You Are Gone

9. The Look Of Love

10. Can You Remember

11. A Lover's Concerto

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Track List: La La Means I Love You (Expanded Version)

1. I'm Sorry

2. Break Your Promise

3. The Shadow Of Your Smile

4. Hurt So Bad

5. Losing You

6. Alfie

7. La La Means I Love You

8. You Are Gone

9. The Look Of Love

10. Can You Remember

11. A Lover's Concerto

12. Can't Get Over Losing You

13. You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine

14. You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine (With Intro)

15. Loving Him (Aka You Can't Be Loving Him)

16. Funny Feeling

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The Delfonics one of my Favorites ☺
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The delfonics are one of my favorite oldie bands to listen to. All their songs are unique but ready or not is my jam,classic!
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LYING TO MYSELF
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Bedouins 13 de Gardena Calif. cruising Hawthorne blvd, Hollywood Blvd and PCH.
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Just when you think love is gone you hear a song that brings back memories and you realize there still is a chance and there still is love out there
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I was in Jr. High when this came out. Memories
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I love this song
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I cruised Whittier blvd
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Thank you Pandora for all the great and amazing oldies we get to hear!!!!!!!
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Girl if you do not know that I love you after what you said to me, Then i saw you and still LOVE you PROVE IT
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❤The Delfonics❤
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Thanks for the memories
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LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU <3
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The Philly's sound.smoth.
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what is the title? I would like to hear it as well...
anyone?
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I STILL LOVE THIS SONG THOUGH!!! LOL
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Reminds me of chasing someone down on the freeway on GTA V
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They were on Luke Cage season 1
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WHERE R ALL OF U NOWADAYS. PLEASE COME BACK
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Oldies are forever to reminds us of our good old days. Good times and your most worse ones. Keep on smiling cuz our oldies are here to stay!!!!!!
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Beutiful music!!!!! I love it!���������
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⚡️♦️⚡️♦️⚡️♦️
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Gave muh life and soul to you lord :)
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I started listen this after "Jackie Brown ".
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Love these oldies but goodies!
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How I love all the oldies songs the music I grew upon ����jerdanie 1 5
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Good. Music for your soul!
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I love all the oldie's from the sixties to the early seventies from Motown and the five stairsteps and other favorites. House party music. Pat . Burley Hough, it reminds me of my Love of 40 years Dupree, Wee,Alexande r and Hough or Boonie.
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lolitam1
Wonderful music and you can feel the words and actually understand the lyrics. Good times
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I love and will alhttps://ww w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / p a m e l a . r a i n e s 1 / p o s t s / 1 3 3 2 1 4 3 7 9 6 8 0 9 2 3 7 a y s love this music ....so I won't forget you https://www. f a c e b o o k . c o m / p a m e l a . r a i n e s 1 / p o s t s / 1 3 3 2 1 4 3 7 9 6 8 0 9 2 3 7
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Your mean had to much in my life no time for it in my life
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La la means I love you <3
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Old school philly love slow jams basement partys
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<3 <3 <3
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♡♡
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I am stuck in the 70's. A lot of my 1st started to present itself. Ooh la la la... ��
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Msn i wish the 70's could return
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Slow,grindin g music,if you understand music, u could pull a fine,fine LADY
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THE BEST SOMERS446
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NEVER EVER DEBORAH P VICARIO
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THIS SONG CAN NEVER GET OLD
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Saw this group in my younger days and all I remember is being mesmerized by the unique sound. Love it!
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Saw them in Palmdale October 1 this year
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Great Philly sound
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Grew up in NYC with this music in the 50,60,70's,w h e n music meant and said
Something beautiful (love)..For this music
Dealt mainly with love..Life,b a c k then was
So beautiful and the music was the greatest .This great music brings back so
Many beautiful memories..It was so great
To be in love during that great era(puppy
Love)..
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If you were growing up in Philly in the 70's you were proud to be from there because we had a mad sound. The whole Philly Groove was off the chain. Then it turned to TSOP aka Top Sound of Philadelphia at Philly Internationa l engineered by my friend Mr. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
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Lalalalala means I love you... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Hey Love !!!!!!!
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Si es un sueño
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TELL ME THIS IS A DREAM ......
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