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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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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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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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TheyTHEBest CreggG 555
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Old music is the Best Music,Love it.
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No hollering or cussing, peaceful when talent was respected.
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Hay love.wett wett �������� it o. K love you.so much.
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I love this Song
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Lying To Myself .....
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What a true love song... You feel this in your heart.
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Me and my wife chilling in the bed jamming Taboo
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Somebody Loves You ..... Love this jam .... Nothing but the best oldies ever brings back great memories
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Just chilling kickin bumping.
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Drinking a corona with my honey listing to oldies
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Friday night cruisin
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I love them. White giy
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Good sounds
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Good music Good times When music was just that music
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La La Means I Love You ...
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Takes me back to easy summer afternoons with my girl. Great music. Not this foolishness that's out here now.
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The best music to remember...
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The old Motown and Phily sounds are a lost art. Brings back great memories.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now that u have started reading, don't stop. But if u read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When ur done press the space bar on ur screen and ur crushes name will appear in big bold letters. This is so freaky it actually works
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Its laying with your honey music.
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It Was Jus a Dreamm .....puffff. . b o f f f f f . . . . l a t e r
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I always showed you Richard my love
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Rouxann an Joann Bring Mom Bac
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wish I new this along time ago! I guess it's true you learn with age!!!
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This reminds me of my best friend who passd away in 1995.We played this record so much,I can never forget the words or the memory of her.
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You gave me your heart and soul . . for that i will always cherish it in my heart till we meet again baby:( .
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Don't read this. You will be hugged on the nearest Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. Now you've started but don't stop. If you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes, then press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky it actually works
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Growing to love music as a teenager in NYC at the time it was a battle between the Moments and Delfonics with the Stylistics coming in to compete with their sweet vocals near the end of hits for both groups . Loved them all , but Delfonics were my favorite .
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Love the Delfonics
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I love the Delfonics, their music is so beautiful.
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