Formed in Philadelphia, USA, in 1965 and originally known as the Four Gents, the Delfonics featured William Hart (17 January 1945, Washington, DC, USA), Wilbert Hart (b. 19 October 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Randy Cain (b. 2 May 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) and Ritchie Daniels. An instigator of the Philly Sound, the above line-up evolved out of an earlier group, the Veltones. The Delfonics early releases appeared on local independent labels until their manager, Stan Watson, founded Philly Groove. Cut to a trio on Daniels conscription, their distinctive hallmarks, in particular William Harts aching tenor, were heard clearly on their debut hit, La La Means I Love You. It prepared the way for several symphonic creations, including Im Sorry, Ready Or Not Here I Come (both 1968) and Didnt I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (1970).
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