The Delfonics – American soul and R&B band
American band The Delfonics appeared in 1966 in Philadelphia. Its founder was William “Poogie” Hart, who used to work with such bands as The Everglows, Little Hart, Veltones, and Four Guys.
In 1964, Williams created a group called The Orphonics, the lineup of which, beside him, included Randy Cain, Stanley Lathan, and Donald Cannon. However, Randy Cain left the band rather early. So William had to look for a replacement. He finally invited his own brother Wilbert. A year later, Randy Cain came back, but Lathan and Cannon left. At the same time, the trio met a producer Thom Bell, who helped them record the debut single "He Don't Really Love You".
In August 1966, the group signed its first contract with Moon Shot Records. As part of the contract, the band changed its name to The Delfonics. With the new label, the debut song was officially released. It achieved impressive popularity and was re-released as "The Del Fonics". In 1968, with the assistance of Thom Bell, the band presented their second single “You’ve Been Untrue”.
In the middle of 1968, Moon Shot Records went bankrupt. The musicians began a new search for the label. Eventually, they signed a contract with Philly Groove label. The new song "La-La (Means I Love You)" became a huge hit and made the band famous. The single climbed to the 4th spot of Billboard 200 and came in second on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.