William “Poogie” Hartthe lead singer of Grammy-winning R&B group The Delfonics has died, TMZ has learned.
His son, haditells TMZ … William was having trouble breathing so he was recently taken to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he died Thursday following surgery.
William and his brother, Guillaumelaunched the Philadelphia-based band in the late ’60s with Randy Cain, Ritchie Daniels and Thomas Bell. The group would have a major impact on the development of the Philadelphia sound, known as TSOP
William and Thom exclusively wrote all the songs, including hits such as “La-La (Means I Love You)”, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”, “Break Your Promise”, “I ‘m Sorry” and “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)”.
In 1971, The Delfonics won a Grammy Award for “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental.
‘Didn’t I’ and ‘La-La’ were also featured in Quentin Tarantinothe movie “Jackie Brown”. Other movies that popularized their music were Spike Lee“Crooklyn” and “The Family Man” with Nicholas Cage.
Their songs “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)” and “Funny Feeling” were played in the video game “Grand Theft Auto V” on a fictional radio station The Lowdown 91.1.
The original band broke up in 1975 after achieving twelve top 20 hits on Billboard’s R&B and Soul Single Chart. Former members created splinter groups which continued to perform into the 90s and 2000s.
William was 77 years old.