Formed in Philadelphia, the Delfonics comprised of:
William 'Poogie' Hart (songwriter / lead vocalist / founder - b. 17th January 1945, Washington, DC, U.S.A. d. 14th July 2022, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) - group member 1965 - 2022
Wilbert Hart (b. 19th October 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) - group member 1965 - present day
Randy Cain (b. Herbert Randal Cain III, 2nd May 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d. 9th April 2009, Maple Shade, New Jersey, U.S.A.) - group member 1965 - 1971
Ritchie Daniels - group member 1965 - 1968
other group members were:
Samuel Edlightoon - 1965 - 1968
Merfhab Isvardsoon - 1965 - 1968
Major Harris - 1971 - present day
Garfield Fleming (he recorded the 1982 Becket Records 12" 'Please Don't Send Me Away')
Johnny ('JJ') Johnson
Dr. Sallam Love
Frank Washington - (ex Futures: 1975 - 2003
The Delfonics were formed in Philadelphia by Randy Cain, William and Wilbert Hart and Ritchie Daniels as the Four Gents and later the Orphonics.
he don't really love you / b/w without you - 1967 single
The group came to the attention of promoter/record shop owner Stan Watson, who introduced them to producer Thom Bell and Moon Shot Records ('He Don't Really Love You' b/w 'Without You' in 1967).
They then changed their name to the Delfonics, and scored two regional hits on Moon Shot before Stan created his own Philly Groove imprint.
Ritchie Daniels was then drafted into the military.
The remaining trio achieved 16 pop and 20 R & B hit records, including 'La La Means I Love You' (number 4 pop, number 2 R & B in 1968), 'I'm Sorry', 'Ready Or Not Here I Come' (both 1968) and 'Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)' (number 10 pop, number 3 R & B in 1970).
la la means i love you - 1968 / sound of sexy soul - 1969
Two albums were released to accompany the singles, 'La La Means I Love You' (in 1968 featuring 'I'm Sorry'), and 'Sound Of Sexy Soul' (in 1969, featuring 'Ready Or Not Here I Come').
the delfonics - 1970
A further, self titled album, was released in 1970 (featuring 'Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time' and 'When You Get Right Down To It').
Randy Cain then left the group in 1971 (and was replaced by Major Harris) and two years later joined the group Blue Magic by combining, singer and songwriter, Ted Mills with the quartet group Shades of Love.
tell me this is a dream - 1972 / alive and kicking - 1974
The group then released two further Philly Groove albums entitled 'Tell Me This Is A Dream' (in 1972, featuring 'Hey Love') and 'Alive and Kickin' (in 1974, featuring 'I Told You So').
Randy returned to the Delfonics in the 1980's, (singing with Major Harris, who had left for a solo career in 1974 but returned as well), before leaving for the last time.
During the 1990's, the Delfonics music was heavily featured in Quentin Tarantino's film 'Jackie Brown'.
Randy Cain was found dead inside his New Jersey apartment on Thursday the 9th of April 2009.
The cause of death was undetermined at the time. He was 63.
William 'Poogie' Hart died in July 2022.
La La Means I Love You (Philly Groove Records 1968)
The Sound Of Sexy Soul (Philly Groove Records 1969)
The Delfonics (Philly Groove Records 1970)
Tell Me This Is A Dream (Philly Groove Records 1972)
Alive And Kicking (Philly Groove Records 1974)