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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
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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: 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: 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: 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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jerdanie15
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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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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dcwasme1
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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janiecehamee d
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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In the time of endless time, we will always relive the good In life. Time Is internal. Relive the GOOD LIFE".
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Hey! Love, it's a cloudy day here in CT 9/19/16⭐️
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Wendell Sawyer. Thank you for coming into my life!
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Wow talk about dating myself. I loved this track back in the day. Still do.
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Final Vynal!!!!!!
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Reminds me of cruising Roeding Park on Sunday afternoons in Fresno back in the late 70s.
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Soothes the soul
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Real music!!
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Beautiful music
To many fools on here
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So nice bring those days back!! Love is key end the hate!!!
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The greatest male trio of all time.
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One of my Favorite Back In The Day Group's, There will be no more!!!
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The Delphonics epitomize the late 60's for me. Their sound and music was so wonderfully balanced and beautiful! Thanks for touching my young life!
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Delphonics eptiomize the late 60's for me. Their sound and magic were so woderfully balanced and beautiful! Thanks for touching my young life!
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Marty 1948 End The Hate Love is the Answer
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Gladys Neither one of us take you back too simply beautiful
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Smokey Marvin David Ruffin Jimmy Ruffin Jerry Butler Sam Cooke now those were the days my friends
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Brings me back to slow dancing with my girl
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Again in memory lane!
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sharon_ortiz
Wow 1968 Was a Really Good Year in Music ❤️
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You are everything. and everything is you. Loving you more and missing each day more and more. Gone .... but forgotten !!!! :'(
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Oh, to be young again.
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To my bad, Janie B. From Nizzo Lover, aka "Old School. Vz
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Some of the best to ever do it. Old School.
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Grew up on this��
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