20 hit sweet soul records by the Delfonics
1. “La-La Means I Love You” (Philly Groove 150) 1968
This first hit blew the doors open for the Delfonics. Starting in February 1968, the single held the number two spot on the R&B charts for four weeks and stayed around for thirteen weeks overall—as well as hitting number four on the pop charts. Written by lead vocalist William Hart—whose falsetto set the standard for all major sweet soul of the era—and producer Thom Bell, it’s by far the Philly group’s biggest hit. It was famously covered by the Jackson 5, featured in the joint Crooklyn, and was sampled in Ghostface’s “Holla.” It also provided the title to the Delfonics’ first LP.
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