William Hart, lead singer, and songwriter for R&B group Delphonix died on Thursday at the age of 77. His brother Wilbert confirmed on social media.
Growing up, Hart sang music for local groups.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Hart cut his teeth on the music scene singing for local groups. and formed Orphonix in 1964 with Wilbert, Randy Cain, and Richie Daniels. It was not until 1966. That the group changed its name to Delphonics. (Cain later left in 1971 and was replaced by Major Harris.)
Production of “I’m Sorry” and “Break Your Promise”
He released his first single, “La-La (Means I Love You)” in 1968. The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Will be one of his most famous hits. The likes of Booker T and MG, The Jackson 5, Todd Rundgren, Swing Out Sister, and Prince all covered the song. Which was featured on their debut album of the same name. In addition to “La-La”, the record eventually produced two other charting hits, “I’m Sorry” and “Break Your Promise”.
Best R&B Vocal Performance by Group
The Delphonix’s only Grammy win came in 1971 for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit “Did Not I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”. Which was later covered by Aretha Franklin and New Kids on the Block. ,
As the group’s lead songwriter, Hart once told The Guardian that his song ideas often came to him in dreams. “I don’t know where the tune or the lyrics came from.” He said. “God, maybe. or the universe. They just popped into my head and I started writing.” In 1975, the Delphonix split into two groups, both of whom continued to tour over the years.
fellow hip-hop artist
The Delphix was reintroduced to a whole new generation of music lovers in the mid-’90s. When Fuji reworked the hook from the group’s 1968 song “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can Hide From Love)” for their 1996 remake. The hit “Ready or Not,” and Missy Elliot sampled the song’s intro for “Sock It 2 Me” in 1997. Fellow hip-hop artists such as Ghostface Killah, The Notorious BIG, and Three6 Mafia will also sample their work in ‘. The 90s and early aughts.
Also, Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to the group during a scene in his 1997 film Jackie Brown. In which Jackie (played by Pam Grier) introduced the character of Robert Forster to the Delphonics. Which inspired him to buy his own cassette later.