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The Delfonics Biography

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Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Years Active: 1965—present
Genres: R&B, Soul

The Delfonics is a pioneering Philadelphia soul singing group, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Original group members included William and Wilbert Hart, Samuel Edlightoon, Ritchie Daniels, Merfhab Isvardsoon and Randy Cain whom they met at Overbrook High School in the 1960s. Daniels was drafted and left for the service in 1968 and Edlightoon and Merfhab left the group a few weeks later. Upon signing to the Philly Groove record label, founded by producer Thom Bell, the group and Bell became a successful production team.

The group's first album, released on Watson's own Philly Groove record label, featured the smash hit and title track, “La-La (Means I Love You)” in 1968. The single sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Four more Bell-produced albums appeared in the next few years: “The Sound of Sexy 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 single “Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” also sold a million copies and by March 1970 received a gold disc from the R.I.A.A..

Randy Cain left the group in 1971, and was replaced by Major Harris. By then Bell had moved on to produce The Stylistics and later, The Spinners, all artists in The Delfonics mold. The Delfonics swiftly produced another album in 1974, “Alive & 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.

Various incarnations of the group have reformed over the past 40 years for recordings and live tours.