The Delfonics

The Delfonics


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Philly soul vocal group.

Active in the late 60's until mid 70's. Considered one of the first "silky and sweet" soul groups, pioneering a trend within the soul circles with the soft and lush male vocal harmonies in the first half of the 70's. Most of their stuff was written by the legendary Philadelphia team Stan & Bell a.k.a. Thom Bell and Stan Watson as well as their lead vocalist William Hart. Their biggest hits "La-La (Means I Love You)", the Grammy winning "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)“ and "Ready Or Not Here I Come" have been heavily sampled by numerous hip hop artists like Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Boyz II Men, Missy Elliott and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince among others. During the mid 80s the main recording lineup of the group was William Hart, Major Harris and Frank Washington, although they would tour as two separate trios with additional members added. These members included: Garfield Fleming, Freddie Ingleton, Johnny ("JJ") Johnson, Pat Palmer, Dr. Sallam Love, Eban Brown, Johnney Smalls.

William Hart (songwriter/lead vocalist/founder) b. 17/01/1945 Washington, DC, U.S.A. (1965-2022 ) Wilbert Hart b. 19/10/1947 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (1965- ) Randy Cain b. 02/05/1945 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (1965-1971) Samuel Edlightoon (1965-1968) Ritchie Daniels (1965-1968) Merfhab Isvardsoon (1965-1968) Major Harris (1971- 2012) Frank Washington (1975-2003)

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The Delfonics were an American R&B/soul vocal group from Philadelphia. The Delfonics were most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their most notable hits include "La-La (Means I Love You)", "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)", "Break Your Promise", "I'm Sorry", and "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)". Their hit songs were primarily written by lead vocalist and founding member William "Poogie" Hart, and arranger and producer Thom Bell. Wilbert Hart is the last surviving founding member. Their songs have been used in film soundtracks, including Quentin Tarantino's 1997 movie Jackie Brown, in which "La-La (Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" underscore the pivotal relationship between the characters played by Pam Grier and Robert Forster. Their songs "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" and "Funny Feeling" were used in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the fictional radio station The Lowdown 91.1.

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