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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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BREAK YOUR PROMISE, STILL LOVIN THIS SONG
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HEYYYYYYYY THINK IT OVER BABY !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love the Delfonics! Forever..... . . .
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Lost a very good woman!! Think it over
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I KNEW YOU THEN- SO WHEN CAN I LOVE YOU AGAIN- ITS NOW OR MAYBE ITS NEVER
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Loved wen he calls me LOVE
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U better think it over
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wonderful sounds (:
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Love uptown funk
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Good hustling sound. Loved to dance while this record played. The Delfonics had it going on. Thanks for the post and memories. ����✌
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Hey love
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I love it.
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Love it
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Loin
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For the love I give...
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La la la la I love you
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la la la la la I love you..
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Km people
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"Now I hunger for your touch, I never knew you meant so much. I know that I've have hurt you and I'sorry..... "
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Love them!
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Every day i watch you....just can't live without you......som e b o d y loves you!!!
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Xstrvagnza Dancing and partying to great disco and funk, I miss those days. Bogie man; by the Delphonics!
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Yes real music in I all listening too Is dusty music in I am only 27th thanks too my daddy :)
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kenny_1972
One of the very best,singing of that era or today.
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Baby I'm freaking out over you blowing my mind with your touch your Love under the sheets the desires the passion oh baby Don't stop loving me more more.
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doesn't the hurt you ever felt just disappears.. . . . . . . . .
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When I hear this song I fall in love All over again I get chills N thrills just listening to it.
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BREAK YOUR PROMISE LUV DIS JAM SLOW DANCING WITH A FINE DUDE! LUV IT! :-P
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Tell me this is a dream wow what a jam
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THE DELFONICS RIGHT ON SUGAR
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I Love every song the Delfonics ever wrote!!!!
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Didn't I do it baby, didn't I do it
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MAM and HLW our song La La Means love forever
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If you are REALLY "Sorry"..... . y o u know what to do, to have ALL of my heart again.....st i l l waiting for you
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Serious music!
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I remember my older bro rip always listening to these jams. Damn those where the times...
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you'll never miss your water till your well runs dry....yeah
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Richard these are the jams
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That's a good one
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Harlem was Harlem then..mid 70's
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Vietnam was tolerable with this music
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~♥~L(*OεV*)E L O V E
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This is my jam "Didn't I blow your mind" LOVE IT!!!!!!!!��
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So Beautiful
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You know that i love The Delphonics
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THESE MY BOYS THE HARD AND AINT CUSSING
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In love with oldies especially this song my husband dedicated to me he's away doing time
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Didn't I Blow Your Mine and LaLaLa one of the best songs ever! RQ/rlh
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