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The Delfonics caught the rising tide of
R&B music at just the right time in the late 1960's. The group's unique
style of singing and their patented dance steps caught the fancy of
popular music followers both black and white. This made them a stellar
attraction at rock concerts, theaters and on the night club circuit.
The motivating force for the group to enter a music career was William (Poogie)
Hart. William was inspired by the recordings for Frankie Lyman & The
Teenagers and Little Anthony & The Imperials.
William organized his first singing group at the age of fourteen. They
sang at local parties and dances. As the group grew older, they began to
sing at area clubs.
Randy Cain left the group to attend college for two years. In 1966, Randy
decided to rejoin the group to pursue his singing career.
A short time later, the Delfonics released their first single on a minor
record label entitled "HE DON'T REALLY LOVE YOU". The song, like all the
Delfonics future hits, was written by William Hart. This record helped
bring them into the major league among other local groups.
It took the group a short time to produce another local hit, "YOU'VE BEEN
The Delfonics were well on their way to success when William wrote "LA LA
MEANS I LOVE YOU". The song was oddly fashioned. With sugary sentimental
lyrics and William's high yet mellow vocals, the song became an instant
hit. The song reached the Top Ten charts across the country. Before long,
the song was winning favor in Europe and especially in England. The
Delfonics were now international celebrities.
The group followed with a steady string of hits including, "YOU GET YOURS
I'LL GET MINE", "I'M SORRY", "BREAK YOUR PROMISE" and "READY OR NOT".
In 1970, "DIDN'T I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME" was released, which was also
written by William Hart. The song kept moving upward until it reached the
number one position on Billboards Pop Chart. Before the year was over, the
song sold over one million copies, winning the bands its first platinum
At the 1971 National Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences awards,
"DIDN'T I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME" won a Grammy for the top Soul hit of
The Delfonics' sexy soulful style of singing was applauded by audiences in
all parts of the United States and Europe. The Delfonics completed a
highly successful tour of Europe and were featured on almost every TV
variety show at home and overseas.
The group continued with such popular singles as "FOR THE LOVE I GIVE TO
YOU", "TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME" and "WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT".
In 1973, the Delfonics released their best selling LP entitled, "THE
DELFONICS SUPER HITS". During this year, Randy left the group to continue
his education and was replaced by Major Harris. Major had been with a
singing group named The Nat Turner Rebellion.
The Delfonics released yet another chart climbing album entitled, "TELL ME
THIS IS A DREAM". Major Harris went on to pursue a solo career with the
release of his hit song, "LOVE WON'T LET ME WAIT". Major returned to the
group after a short leave. Original member Randy Cain also returned to
perform with the group.
Garfield Fleming, the newest member of the group, had been performing as a
solo artist for the past 20 years. Garfield adds a unique singing style to
the group that has been compared to David Ruffin.
More recently we can still hear the Delfonics songs in motion pictures
such as "The Five Heartbeats" and "Crooklyn". The R&B singing group Silk
recorded a remake of the tune "FOR THE LOVE I GIVE TO YOU" on their
recently platinum selling album.
On June 7, 1994, The Delfonics appeared on BET - Video Soul in a tribute
to the group for their legendary status in the music industry.
On Regina Bell's most recent CD, she pays tribute to the Philly sound and
recorded a smooth silky rendition of "DIDN'T I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME".