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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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Illadephia sound
Primo my name I just love their music.
Love it real music
Love listening to nothing but the best oldies
this classic music is for the cool people
What a song I love it and the piano playing also
I love you for so many reasons hahaha
Words from a young man to the girl he adores, starting on a life's journey, seeking the true meaning of love
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 :-)
think it over....hey is it what you want to do ..oh
thompkinsa07 1
memories.... . . . .
Love it,,
I'm inlove! <3 <••> *,*
What a group is all I can say used sing those songs with my companions drinking and partying how times have change
The Delfonics love them and this song SOME ONE LOVE'S YOU just a bad a** jam % REAL Music ♥♡♥♡
I miss my Husband that was his thing song to me Many Love making on that song.
Brings me back to the days of lilly f-40's-n-qua r t of beer
Fantastic Singers
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.
Ole skool music is the best!
I still love you Tisa Childress. ....
This my shitt....
209ricm
I'm gonna break my promise bby
tralalalalal a you know that i love you
LA LA LA Means I Love You: I LOVE this song
I ������ Oldies
I love the Delfonics with their smooth sexy & soulful sound I'm 39 & the men of my Era don't have that certain something... .
Lalalalala, means "yo te amo" *,*
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...
the Delfonics had a sexy singing style. love all their songs.
hugheslatoya 0 3
Love it
You haven't seen lonely yet,!wait until tonite and all the other cold nights ill be gone
Gave you the luv u never knew, didn't I blow ur mind this time, didn't I!
just beautiful
:"( s**t!
Fkn a** song!
Truly great music
The delfonics
Tear jerker of a song. Classics I miss this music. I can fall asleep listening to The Delfanics
So many memories when this song came on. Oh how I love The Delphonics!! ! ! !
Tell me what u want me to do..this new year my angel.. lovely jam..oldie never gets forgotten :)
The Delfonics great love songs
Delfonics just keep those hits comming
So you think know one cares
One of my favorites. Great love song.
No one artist today do this. Why !!!!
jrsjrsjrs57
If you don't know a song to sing. This is a great start. LaLa
IF I COULD I'LL LIKE TO BE A GREAT BIG MOVIE STAR YEA
TRULLY A GREAT SONG
great toon
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