Tuesday, February 7, 2023

William “Poogie” Hart, the Delfonics’ main singer, died

William “Poogie” Hart, founder and main vocalist of the Philadelphia-based soul group the Delfonics, died Friday.

William wrote classics like “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” (July 14, 2022). TMZ reports that Hart, 77, died after surgical complications at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Hart, born Jan. 17, 1945, was influenced by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and Little Anthony & the Imperials. He formed his first singing group at 14 and performed at neighborhood gatherings, dances, and clubs. Wilbert Hart and he established the Orphonics and the Delfonics. The ensemble was recognized for its harmonies, coordinated dancing, and bright clothing.

The Delfonics charted more than a dozen R&B and pop singles from 1968 through the early 1970s. “La-La (Means I Love You)” hit #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the soul chart.

Later that year, they returned to the top of the charts with “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).” The track achieved #10 pop and #3 R&B in 1970 and won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Major Harris replaced Cain in the early 1970s. The group split in 1975, each led by one of the Hart brothers with numerous lineups. Wilbert Hart, born on 10/19/1947, survives Cain and Harris.

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