The Delfonics are a Philadelphia R&B 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)," "Break Your Promise," "I'm Sorry," and "Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)". "La-La (Means I Love You" by the Delfonics, produced by Thom Bell and Stan Watson was a number 4 U " Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time " is a 1970 single by The Delfonics, produced by Thom Bell and released on his Bell record label "Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love" is a well-known single from the Delfonics, produced by Thom Bell and released in 1968 Their songs are written by lead vocalist and founder William Hart and have been used extensively in numerous film soundtracks, the most notable being Quentin Tarantino's movie, "Jackie Brown" in which their music ("La-La," and "Didn't I Blow Your mind" are used as a pivotal part of the plot to underscore the relationship between Robert De Niro, Pam Grier & Robert Forster. William Hart may refer to In arts and entertainment William Hart (actor (1600-1639 English Jacobean actor Shakespeare's nephew William Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an Academy Award - BAFTA Award - and Palme d'Or -winning Emmy - and Jackie Brown may refer to ''Jackie Brown'' (film, a 1997 film directed by Quentin Tarantino ''Jackie Brown'' (soundtrack, the Robert Mario De Niro Jr (born August 17 1943 is a two-time Academy Award -winning American Film Actor, director and producer Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American Actress. Robert Forster (born Robert Wallace Foster Jr; July 13, 1941) is an Academy Award -nominated American Actor. The film helped create a border-line cult following for the songs and this group. Their songs have been sampled extensively by various Hip-Hop & Rap artists including: The Fugees (Ready Or Not), Lauryn Hill (for which she won a '97 Grammy), Nas, Boyz II Men, Missy Elliott and Will Smith's D. The Fugees were a critically-acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group that rose to fame in the mid-1990s whose repertoire included elements of soul and Lauryn Noel Hill is a Grammy Award -winning American Singer, Rapper, Musician, Songwriter, producer, and Nasir Jones, nɑːˈsiər (born September 14 1973 better known by his Stage name Nas, nɑːz formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper Boyz II Men is a four-time Grammy Award -winning American R&B / soul singing group from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1 1971 is a five-time Grammy Award -winning American rapper, singer, Songwriter, and J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. These William Hart songs have been recorded by numerous performers including: Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, New Kids on the Block, Todd Rundgren, Prince and Manhattan Transfer, among others. Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25 1942 Franklin has had a total of twenty number-one singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, two of which became #1 hits on the The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music Family Patricia Louise Holte (born May 24 1944) best known as her stage name Patti Labelle, is an American R&B and soul New Kids on the Block (also known as NKOTB) are an award-winning American pop group that enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a Boy band Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American Musician Prince, from the Latin root Princeps, is a general term for a Monarch, for a member of a monarch's or former monarch's family and is a
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. Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə Cameo was a USA based Record label, first flourishing in the 1920s not connected with a later record label of the same name which was active in the 1950s At Cameo, producer Stan Watson introduced them to producer Thom Bell, then working with Chubby Checker. Thom Bell was the Record producer behind much of the Philadelphia soul subgenre of Soul music in the 1970s Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter best known for popularizing the The Twist The group's first album, released on Watson's own Philly Groove record label, featured the smash hit "La-La (Means I Love You)" in 1968. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music 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". The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 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. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music
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. Major Harris (born Major Harris III 9 February 1947, Richmond, Virginia) is an American R&B Singer associated The Stylistics were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s 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 group split around 1975- one group featured Major and Wilbert, with new member Frank Washington, formerly of the Futures. Frank Washington is a former Outfielder in Minor league baseball who along with Carl Long, broke the color barrier in the Carolina League (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.
While the main recording lineup of the group was William 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,  and toured in Japan at least one time with Ingleton and Dr. Sallam Love. 
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. A backing vocalist or backing singer (or especially in the US Ironman is the debut album by American Hip-hop artist and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. Dennis Coles, better known by his Stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Their works continued to be sampled. Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. sampled "Hey Love" in his song "Playa Hata", released in 1996, and that same year rapper Nas sampled their "Walk Right Up To the Sun" for his hit "If I Ruled the World. Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21 1972 – March 9 1997 popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a Gangster in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again Nasir Jones, nɑːˈsiər (born September 14 1973 better known by his Stage name Nas, nɑːz formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper " Rapper Missy Elliott sampled "Ready Or Not Here I Come" in her hit "Sock it 2 Me. Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1 1971 is a five-time Grammy Award -winning American rapper, singer, Songwriter, and " Eazy-E, Gang Starr, and Ed OG have sampled "Trying To Make a Fool of Me. Eric Lynn Wright (September 7 1963 – March 26 1995 better known by the stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper, producer, and Record executive Gangstar redirects here For the video game see Gangstar Crime City. "
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.  Wilbert also led a Delfonics group; members in the 1990s included Dr. Sallam Love (formerly in William's group) and Eban Brown (falsetto). 
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. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the Harris is also featured on the recently re-released DVD Blue Magic/Margie Joseph/Major Harris Live!, which was recorded in 1975.
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. 
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.
Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1965 and originally known as The Four Gents, The Delfonics classic line-up featured:
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|
|"I Told You So" (1973)||—||—||#26|
|"Lying To Myself" (1974)||—||—||#60|
*both the b-sides of "I'm a Man"