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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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t_heath
Sheep Shannon, where are you!? This was your group at The Rock' in '69-'70'
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Love this oldies but sometimes it make me feel for someone I should be thinking of cane 805
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Love this old school music
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Brings back some of the best days of my life
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The magic of love is being. With you love these guys.
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These Guys great baby l am so in love with you I can't see straight you're all I need now N always love You.
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Love this song remind me of some I used to love.
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this is great music, only Pandora can fulfill my dreams...... . . . T h a n k you.
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oops caught up in the music and forgot the grammar...bu t you know what i mean
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Hey,think it over baby...is this what you really what you want to do........he y . . . . . . . . . . T h e Awesome Delfonics... . . . . S w e e t Philly Soul
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oscarmdr3
Ohmygoodness this is music!
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There's nothing like going back in the days.
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Enjoying oldies to finish the night best way to end the night ,,,,,,I'm sorry ,,, this is a Jam
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La la means I love you <3
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skay61
Love my oldies
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Illadephia sound
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Primo my name I just love their music.
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Love it real music
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Love listening to nothing but the best oldies
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this classic music is for the cool people
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What a song I love it and the piano playing also
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I love you for so many reasons hahaha
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Words from a young man to the girl he adores, starting on a life's journey, seeking the true meaning of love
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j2walsh2002
FOR THE LOVE I GAVE, remember that one you all? This is my favorite group. Everybody was in REAL LOVE back in those days :-)
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think it over....hey is it what you want to do ..oh
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thompkinsa07 1
memories.... . . . .
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Love it,,
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I'm inlove! <3 <••> *,*
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What a group is all I can say used sing those songs with my companions drinking and partying how times have change
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The Delfonics love them and this song SOME ONE LOVE'S YOU just a bad a** jam % REAL Music ♥♡♥♡
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I miss my Husband that was his thing song to me Many Love making on that song.
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Brings me back to the days of lilly f-40's-n-qua r t of beer
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Fantastic Singers
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My first real love, I dedicated this song to you in an issue of lowrider magazine back in the day! I hope your life is full of joy & love. Peace, Tiny.
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Ole skool music is the best!
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I still love you Tisa Childress. ....
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This my shitt....
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209ricm
I'm gonna break my promise bby
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tralalalalal a you know that i love you
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LA LA LA Means I Love You: I LOVE this song
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I ������ Oldies
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I love the Delfonics with their smooth sexy & soulful sound I'm 39 & the men of my Era don't have that certain something... .
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Lalalalala, means "yo te amo" *,*
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The First Time I Heard This song....All. . . T h e Love and heart beat of my Soul and Father of my our only Three Children...
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the Delfonics had a sexy singing style. love all their songs.
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Love it
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You haven't seen lonely yet,!wait until tonite and all the other cold nights ill be gone
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Gave you the luv u never knew, didn't I blow ur mind this time, didn't I!
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just beautiful
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