William “Poogie” Hart, lead singer of legendary Philadelphia soul act Delphonix, has died, his son Hadi confirmed to TMZ. According to the report, Hart was taken to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia after suffering breathing problems and died on Thursday due to complications from the surgery. He was 77 years old.
Driven by Hart’s high, melodious falsetto, the Delphonics were one of the leaders of Philadelphia’s vibrant soul scene in the early 1970s, producing “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time,” “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “I Love You”. Several others, most of which were co-written by Hart with famed producer Thom Bell. He was introduced to later generations by Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film “Jackie Brown”, where his music appeared several times. and was even used as a plot device in film.
The group was one of many to work with the legendary writer-producer Bell, whose smooth, heavy arrangements helped create a new style of soul music that dominated radio in that era.
The group, originally called Orphonix, was founded by Hart with his brother Wilbert. The two were later joined by singers Randy Cain and Major Harris. Their debut album, “La La Means I Love You,” was released in 1968 and featured the group’s first hit not only in the title track, but also in the songs “Break Your Promise” and “I’m Sorry.”
The outfit followed in 1987 with a self-titled Sophistication album, which spawned “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind”, a song that earned the group a Grammy in 1971 for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. did. However, their chart success began to lose steam as the decade progressed, and the group split into two separate organizations, leading to moderate success.
However, his legacy soon began to bear fruit with subsequent generations, especially in the mid-1990s. Her 1968 hit “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can Hide From Love)” was sampled by the Fugees on her blockbuster 1996 album “The Score” and Missy Elliot sampled the song for her “Sock It 2 Me”. Had taken. Single after a year. Also in ’96, Prince covered “La La Means I Love You” on his “Emancipation” album. But the biggest look came with “Jackie Brown”, when Max Cherry (played by Robert Forster) falls in love with the titular character, portrayed by Pam Grier, and helps her in a gangster-related robbery. Jackie is particularly obsessed with the Delphonics, in the early 70s, and Cheri buys a cassette of their music. While in his car with the gangster – Ordell Robbie played by Samuel L. Jackson – the cassette starts playing. Robbie’s suspicions are immediately aroused – Cheri, a middle-aged white former cop, doesn’t seem like a Philly soul fan – and the group’s name is immortalized in the cinema when Robbie says, “I don’t know. Was that you like Delphonics.”
“Yes,” says Cheri. “They’re so good.”
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