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Major Harris

After years of trying, Major Harris finally scored a big hit with the romantic, sensual "Love Won't Let Me Wait" in the summer of 1975. The ballad, with sexy backing vocals supplied by session singer Barbara Ingram, made its mark at number five on the pop charts while topping the R&B chart. He was born into a musical family on February 9, 1947, in Richmond, Virginia, as Major Harris III. His grandparents worked in vaudeville, his father was a professional guitarist, and his mother led the church choirs. His brother was Joe Jefferson, a Philadelphia songwriter responsible for many of the Spinners' hits like "Mighty Love," "Love Don't Love Nobody," and "One of a Kind Love Affair." His cousin was longtime Philly stalwart Norman Harris, a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and former record company owner.

Harris paid major dues: he sang with the Charmers, was briefly a member of Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, recorded with the Jarmels, issued solo singles on Laurie and OKeh Records, and later sang with Nat Turner's Rebellion on Philly Groove Records. None of his previous efforts brought him fame or success. He recorded with the Jarmels after they hit with "A Little Bit of Soap." Harris' first big break came when he joined the Delfonics, replacing Randy Cain; his first tour of duty with them ended in 1974 when he went solo. While with the group his mellow tenor was featured on quite a few recordings as a foil to lead William "Poogie" Hart's soulful falsetto, as is evident on "Think It Over Baby," "Lying to Myself," and "I Told You So."

Having left the Delfonics, he passed a solo audition for W.M.O.T. (We Men of Talent) productions and was signed as a solo act. An album was produced and released on Atlantic Records. The first release, "Each Day I Wake Up," was credited as being by the Major Harris Boogie Blues Band. When Atlantic later sprung "Love Won't Let Me Wait" on the public, the seductive ballad achieved a million in sales and became the high mark of Harris' career. It was recorded in a darkened Sigma Sound Studio with only a small light at Harris' lyric stand: Barbara Ingram, Carla Benton, and Yvette Benson supplied the backing vocals. MFSB played on the tracks with that distinctive, prevalent guitar supplied by Bobby Eli, who also produced the session and wrote the song with Gwendolyn Woolfolk (under her pen name of Vinnie Barrett).

Subsequent ballads by Harris fared well on the charts for a while, but when the hits dried up Harris went back to the Delfonics. As a solo act he was featured on an excellent live recording with Blue Magic and Margie Joseph, which showed that he was an even better entertainer than recording artist. He later toured with one of the two groups called the Delfonics; his version featured original members William Hart and Randy Cain. The other group included William Hart's brother, Wilbert (an original member), and two new guys. Major Harris died in Richmond on November 9, 2012; he was 65 years old. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Love this song, it brings back many memories.
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STILL LISTENING TO YOUR SWEET PHILLY LOVE SONG.....RIP
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Love won't let my heartache wait. :'(
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NeeD!
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r.i.p....you r sweet sounds live on
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RIP MAJOR!! BLUE LIGHTS IN THE BASEMENT MESSIN UP MY FRO!!
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A real dramatic singer
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andrew37jam
This is one of the best music ever made
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Shouting out to this song and all the OG's who remember this song from the .25 basement parties. ;)
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Yesterday was love won't let me wait nothing but love big papa
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All the house parties wow this song takes you there shout out to all old school days
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This songs reminds me of Slow Dancing, holding Paula close requesting the DJ play it again.
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What a treat
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GREAT SONG!!
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Where's Major BIO??????? RIP Mr Major Harris... One of the greatest singers of all time... #Delfonics #PhillySound Love won't let me wait
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One of the great singer of our time.
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c.knigh9
RIP Major Harris.... RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Major Harris, a former member of the Philadelphia sound soul group the Delfonics and the singer of the 1975 hit Love Won't Let Me Wait, has died in Richmond. He was 65.
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ONE OF THE GREAT LOVE SONG OF ALL TIME!!
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mrazmeritsa
No bio here for Major Harris?...bu m m e r :(
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This is one of the songs that made me full so much in love with my husband
wow so long ago..... it still works
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ethel_thurma n
Man - I was a young girl when I 1st heard this song and fell so deeply in love with it!!!!!!
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desrick24
Got Mad love for this.
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chuck.wegrzy n
What a great voice!
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hurtelectric
oh yeah!
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The bbrother can song.
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alot of people made babies off of this song
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A very romantic song....
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houseparty,b a s e m e n t s and slow dancing 1978
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'Love won't let me wait'...awes o m e song!
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edbookie
this is the love song to make love to that special someone
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this song puts a face on a time and place in love.
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clo.cynthia
THIS SONG IS SO BEAUTIFUL,TH E LOVE THAT A MAN AND WOMAN SHARE.IT MAKES YOU WISH TO BE WITH THAT SPECIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND MAKE LOVE, SWEET LOVE.
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IT IS ONE OF THE BEST LOVE SONGS EVER WRITTEN....W O W ! ! ! ! !
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This is a very romantic song and makes you want to identify with the song and singer.
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This song always makes me want to find a sweet thing that is replete with feminine pultritude and slowly take her to places unknown. Absolutely love this song. It's the kind of song that immediately penetrates the soul and spirit.
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woodsempire
This is the joint; It reminds me of those house parties, outside under the carport, sipping on thunder bird and orange juice or TJ Swan easy dazes and mellow night. with the black light.
WOW!!!!!!
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One of my all-time favoriates, I enjoyed singing that song myself
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The boy was off the chain when he was with the DELFONICS and still can blow
Saw him in Atlanta....L i s t e n i n g to music like this i now understand how i have 7 children.... . L O V E WONT LET ME WAIT....that ain't all.........
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This is very old school but it is still great. And, you are right I got down to this song many times.
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kienaypre
me and boyfreind made our first child playing tthis song.
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Clearly everyone making comments about "red light basement" parties and foreplay enhancing are from a different generation. This is definitely a smooth song but it's a song my grandparents would have gotten down to "business" to. My generation looks to some of R. Kelly's older songs (not that new crap he's putting out) or even some old school Jodeci for our foreplay music.
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Jeffrey.r.wi l s o n you are right on the money.I can't disagree with you.
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As long as I live, I will always believe this - this is the greatest mood-making, foreplay-enh a n c i n g love song ever recorded, especialy the extended version. Now, if I'm wrong, somebody tell me one that's better
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cynthiavann7
I remember red light basement parties in East St Louis IL as a teenager
God such good memories
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This song used to drive me wild as a young, dreaming 12 year-old in 1973!!! I remembering slow dancing to this one at a 6 grade dance!!! Wow!! What memories come streaming back!!

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