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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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Selected Discography

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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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Just saw their story on the series Unsung like most groups they were taken advantage of by the shady music industry and ultimately internal problems between the Hart brothers tore the group apart and they are still fighting somewhat to this day
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Tell me this is a dream .....
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Oldies makes my soul feel great, these youngsters need to listen to oldies to teach them how to Love
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DON'T READ THIS YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE BUT IF YOU IGNORE YOU WILL GET BAD LUCK TYPE THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES WHEN YOU ARE DONE YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS THIS IS SO CREEPY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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We are so on the same page
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captpdawg7
The jam back in the day
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Old school music the best.
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I like the defonics oldies
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The first and last thing that I will always love about them is the music.I will keep on listening to their songs.
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The jam--
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The reasons i still. Sing.
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What do you know about it, a love that I lost know other than fabulous impressions a love that lost..
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True classic
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lizabdiaz
I agree with mimimmvo tell it girl
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You dont love me thats why!! You know that only u have key♡. U dont show ME Love, and u know im The Good Faithfull Woman!!
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I adore this song!
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This is the jam!!!
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Good oldies i love them
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Listening is paramount, understandin g the words, easy as 1-2-3 music to aid in raising those goosebumps and, forever wanting more. Always in the heart, on & on.
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Oldies but goodies are the best
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ginal3425
Old-school at it's BESSSSST!
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love these oldie but goodie l have my kid hooked on them now l'm working on the grandkids this must stay around its the best ever
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HAvEnt I been good to YOU
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Hey Love is my Most Favorite Song in The World
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When i heir all of thees songs I can see my brother singing them to me. oh how i miss him R.I.P. They bring a tear to my eye& & joy to my hart just to have him in my life.
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i wish i had passed them all by..
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Didn't i blow ya mind this time b@by..
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I Love every song The Delfonics have ever made!!!!
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I love blood stone
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Hey Tammy! The Delfonics are your fab.
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Best Times
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Love going back to old school
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Omg this is a timeless classic.
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A timeless classic!!
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I feel like 15 again; best song of the year.
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Didn't I Blow Your Mind Baby
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I love this song ������
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Love you much always be good time for your heart
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Yes I DO......I'M KRAZY N LOVE??????
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jbfabela5
The greatest soul group of all time. No other group was finer.
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I love the olded real music!!!!!!
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What a song I'll not to forget.
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La La La....Pandor a
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Now that's the shi-----
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Can't go wrong with Delfonics
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They are the real deal and no joke.
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Love it
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The DELFONICS !!!! one of my favorite groups!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
they sing soooooooo dammmm goooooood !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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A song that will never get old FEEL in the soul love these guys the legends will never die there music will live on.
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Thanks keep your ears open
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