“The Delfonics…” This group was “huge” in the 1960’s and they had many hits such as “La La (Means I Love you), Didn’t I blow your mind, Break your promise, and Hey love.” When they started reaching fame with their big hits, the original group members were William “Poogie” Hart, Wilbert Hart and Randy Cain. Poogie was the lead vocalist with a high falsetto that captured the recognizable sound of the group. By the way, William and Wilbert are actually biological brothers. Unfortunately that might be the “only” means by which they relate to each other, because the years and the successes have divided them immensely. Now each brother has his own separate group of Delfonics, and it is even not uncommon for “several” other different groups of Delfonics to perform for different shows. Poogie has no problem letting everyone know about the disdain he has for his brother. Every time his brother had a gig with his set of Delfonics, Poogie always looked for ways to impede, block or cancel his gigs. He told me personally that in his eyes Wilbert didn’t do much of anything, and that “he himself” was the real success story behind the Delfonics. For me, none of that mattered. They were brothers, and blood is supposed to be “thicker than fame.” For the record, Wilbert had a big hit where he was the lead singer and that track was “Hey Love.” Randy Cain, the third original member, died a couple of years back. Randy actually called my brother Bill at one point and asked if he was okay, because he had a weird dream that my brother had died. Ironically, Randy himself died about 2 weeks later. I had the pleasure to play behind the Delfonics on “several” different occasions. In fact, I was the “very last” bass player to play for the “original” Delfonics when they had to rejoin to do the R&B awards. Even then, the two brothers were not getting along at rehearsals or sound check. It was truly sad to see, because united I believe they could do so much more. I talked to Wilbert, and he says that he has nothing but love for his brother, and hopes that one day they can find a way to put aside their differences and work together again. Last time I talked to Poogie, he was not willing to have “any” of that, and still ostracized his brother at every opportunity. The years have taken a toll on the vocals of Poogie. It is tough for “any” singer to keep his falsetto intact going into the twilight years of life. That still hasn’t stopped Poogie from performing and still “wowing” crowds. It is tough when “fame” comes before “blood.” I have known for it to destroy other famous musical families as well. Today’s Daily Thought is not about negativity. The fame that the Delfonics had brought to the world is legendary. I just think that since they “started as brothers,” then it would be nice if they could possibly “end as brothers.” I also did a video interview of “both” brothers and I may be able to share some of it with you this week. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Delfonics and Brett Jolly in concert