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The Delfonics are a quintessential Philadelphia soul singing group, 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)", and "Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)". Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... La-La (Means I Love You) by the Delfonics, produced by Thom Bell and Stan Watson, was a number 4 U.S. Billboard pop, number 2 R&B, and number 19 U.K. pop single in 1968. ... A major hit for the Philadelphia Delfonics written by William Hart and Thom Bell. ... Ready Or Not Here I Come (Cant Hide From Love) is a well-known single from the Delfonics, produced by Thom Bell and released in 1968. ...

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Career

Brothers William and Wilbert Hart formed the group with Randy (Rudy) Cain in high school in the early 1960s, eventually becoming known throughout the Philadelphia area by the mid-'60s and signing with Cameo Records. At Cameo, producer Stan Watson introduced them to producer Thom Bell, then working with Chubby Checker. Bell dreamed of creating a Philadelphia version of Motown and struck gold with the Delfonics, whose first album, released on Watson's own Philly Groove record label, featured the smash hit "La-La (Means I Love You)" in 1968. Four more Bell-produced albums appeared in the next few years: The Sexy Sound of Soul, The Delfonics Super Hits, The Delfonics and Tell Me This Is a Dream. Among the Delfonics' popular hits were the Grammy winning "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)", "(For The Love) I Gave To You", "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)", and "Hey Love". Prior to the release of "La-La (Means I Love You)", they had a hit with "He Don't Really Love You" on the small Moonshot record label in 1966. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... 1922 Cameo Record Cameo was a USA based record label, first flourishing in the 1920s, and then revived in the 1960s. ... For other people with similar names, see Tom Bell and Thomas Bell. ... Chubby Checker is the stage name of Ernest Evans (born October 3, 1941), an American Rock and Roll singer best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song The Twist. He was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina,[1] and raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended... Motown Records, Inc. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ...


Randy Cain left the group in 1971, and in 1973 had a hand in formulating Blue Magic, best known for their classic "Sideshow," when he brought singer-songwriter Ted Mills in to do some writing for W.M.O.T. (We Men Of Talent), and the remaining future members of Blue Magic came in for an audition. Cain was replaced by Major Harris; by then, however, Thom Bell had moved on to produce The Stylistics and later, The Spinners, all artists in the mold of the Delfonics. The Delfonics swiftly produced another album, Alive and Kicking, produced by Stan Watson. However, in the absence of Thom Bell, the Delfonics' career declined sharply, and with the exception of the aforementioned "Hey Love" and the minor hits "When You Get Right Down to It", "I Don't Want To Make You Wait" and "I Told You So", success eluded them after 1975. ("(For The Love) I Gave To You", although popular, was never released as a single.) Most of their songs at this point were written by lead singer William Hart. The Blue Mage is a character class (or job) featured in Square Enixs Final Fantasy series of computer role-playing games. ... Major Harris (born Major Harris III, 9 February 1947, Richmond, Virginia) is an American R&B singer associated with the Philly soul sound. ... The Stylistics was one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ... The Spinners are a Detroit, Michigan -based soul band popular in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ...


The group split around 1975- one group featured Major and Wilbert, with new member Frank Washington, formerly of the Futures. (Major Harris also had major success with the solo recording "Love Won't Let Me Wait".) The other group featured William with new members. Lineups would become confusing as members shifted between groups and multiple groups toured. Major Harris moved to William's group around 1980, with their third member being the returning Randy Cain. Frank Washington also switched from Wilbert's group, joining in 1985. Frank Washington was a black baseball player who, along with Carl Long, broke the color barrier in the Carolina League city of Kinston, North Carolina. ...


While the main recording lineup of the group was Willaim Hart, Major Harris, and Frank Washington, they would tour as two separate trios with additional members added. One group was William, Randy Cain, and Garfield Fleming, and the other was Frank, Major, and Freddie Ingleton. William also toured with another two members, Johnny ("JJ") Johnson and Pat Palmer, [1] and toured in Japan at least one time with Ingleton and Dr. Sallam Love.[2]


Through the '80s and the '90s, the Delfonics groups continued to perform. The William Hart/Major Harris/Frank Washington group made several recordings, including backing vocals on the track "After the Smoke has Cleared", on the 1996 hip hop album Iron Man by Ghostface Killah. Their works continued to be sampled. Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. sampled "Hey Love" in his "Playa Hata" song released in 1996, and that same year rapper Nas had sampled their "Walk Right Up To the Sun" for his hit "If I Ruled the World." Rapper Missy Elliott sampled "Ready Or Not Here I Come" in her hit "Sock it 2 me." Eazy-E, Gang Starr, and Ed OG have sampled "Trying To Make a Fool of Me." A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Release Date: 29th October 1996 Label: Razor Sharp/Epic Street Released Format: CD / Vinyl / Tape-Cassette Notes: Non-Wu Artist Track listing: 01. ... “Ghostface” redirects here. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ... Eazy-E (Eric Wright) (September 7, 1963 - March 26, 1995) was an African-American rapper, record producer, and record executive who initially rose to fame as a member of the group N.W.A.. Born in Compton, California, Eazy-E dropped out of Compton High School while in tenth grade... Gang Starr is an influential hip hop group that consists of Guru and DJ Premier from Brooklyn, New York. ...


The groups reorganized in the late 1990s- William Hart started touring with Johnny Johnson and Garfield Fleming; this group recorded as the Delfonics. Major Harris toured with Frank Washington and Pat Palmer.[3] Wilbert also led a Delfonics group; members in the 1990s included Dr. Sallam Love (formerly in William's group) and Eban Brown (falsetto).[4]


The William/Johnny/Garfield lineup of the group was featured in concert on the DVD's "The Big Show" and "'70's Soul Jam," whereas Wilbert Hart's group is featured on the DVD "Old School Soul Party Live!," which was part of the PBS "My Music" series. Major Harris is also featured on the recently re-released DVD "Blue Magic/Margie Joseph/Major Harris Live!", which was recorded during their prime in 1975. Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


Recent times

Garfield Fleming left the group, and a 2006 album, Best of Delfonics, featured William, Johnny, and Major Harris. Johnny Johnson left shortly thereafter and joined The Fonics. William now leads a group with two new members. Frank Washington left around 2003 to join The Spinners as lead. His place was taken by Johnney Smalls, and this group (Major Harris/Pat Palmer/Johnney Smalls) also continues to tour.[5] The Spinners are a Detroit, Michigan -based soul band popular in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Wilbert also has a group, sometimes called "The Delphonics", "The New Delfonics" or simply billed as "Wilbert Hart". Eban Brown went on to become the lead singer of The Stylistics. Wilbert released a CD in 2005, Fonic Zone. The Stylistics was one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ...


Classic line-up

Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1965 and originally known as The Four Gents, The Delfonics classic line-up featured: Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...

is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...

Discography

Singles

Title (Year) Position
US Charts
Position
UK Charts
Position
R&B/Soul Charts Top 10
"He Don't Really Love You" (1966)
"You've Been Untrue" (1967)
"La La Means I Love You" (1968) #4 #19 #2
"I'm Sorry" (1968) #42 #15
"Break Your Promise" (1968) #35 #12
"Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" (1969) #35 #41
b/w "Somebody Loves You" (b-side) (1969) #72 #41
"Funny Feeling" (1969) #94 #48
"You Got Yours and I'll Get Mine" (1969) #40 #6
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time?)" (1970) #10 #22 #3
"Trying To Make a Fool of Me" (1970) #40 #8
"Over and Over" (1971) #58 #9
"Hey Love" (1971) #17
"Walk Right Up To the Sun" (1971) #81 #13
"When You Get Right Down to It" #53 #12
"Tell Me This Is a Dream" * (1972) #86 #15
"Think It Over" * (1969) #47
"I Don't Want To Make You Wait" (1973) #91 #22
"Alfie" (1973) #88
"I Told You So" (1973) #26
"Lying To Myself" (1974) #60

*both the b-sides of "I'm a Man" Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


Albums

  • 1969: La La Means I Love You
  • 1969: Sound Of Sexy Soul
  • 1969: Super Hits
  • 1970: The Delfonics
  • 1972: Tell Me This Is a Dream
  • 1974: Alive & Kicking
  • 1998: Back 2 Back: Delfonics and Chi-Lites
  • 1998: The Professionals
  • 1998: Greatest Hits & More
  • 1999: Forever New (Volt) (f. Wm. Hart-Major Harris-Frank Washington)
  • 2000: Didn't I Blow Your Mind
  • 2003: Delfonics Collection (f. Wm. Hart-Garfield Fleming-Johnny Johnson)
  • 2005: Love Songs
  • 2006: La La Means I Love You (f. Wm. Hart-Garfield Fleming-Johnny Johnson)
  • 2006: Delfonics R'n'B Soul (Direct Source) (f. Wm. Hart-Garfield Fleming-Johnny Johnson)

Sample

  • Download sample "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)"

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Encyclopedia: The Delfonics (1158 words)
The Delfonics were a quintessential Philadelphia soul singing group, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
However, in the absence of Thom Bell, the Delfonics' career declined sharply, and the band was effectively over by 1975.
In the mid- 1970s, the Delfonics career declined sharply and the band was effectively over by 1975.
The Delfonics - definition of The Delfonics in Encyclopedia (302 words)
The Delfonics were the quintessential Philadelphia soul group.
Randy Cain left the group in 1971, to be replaced by Major Harris, and by then, Thom Bell had moved on to produce the first album for The Stylistics.
The Delfonics swiftly produced another album - Alive and Kicking, this time produced by Stan Watson, but in the absence of Thom Bell, the Delfonics' career declined sharply and the band was effectively over by 1975.
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