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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Wilbert Hart an Original Delfonic is releasing a new CD Album called "FONIC-ZONE" On his very own record label MOTHER EARTH RECORDS, which will be distributed by THUMP RECORDS/UNIVERSAL..His group is now called, WILBERT HART AND THE NEW DELFONICS..This new material has some hot tracks produced by WIL HART, RICK ROSS, PHILADUB Productions out of PHILLY..Here's some Photos sent to Soulful Detroit..enjoy
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Welcome aboard Fonic Zone!!!

In the spirit of fairness, I'd like to hear the material & I wish success for all. Wendells' son huh? Wow, I'm getting old :-)
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Err Uhh, Fonic Zone

I clicked on the link & it's a confirmation form. I don't think that's what you want there. Someones phone number & tracking number is there. It might be a good idea to delete this post, before you end up paying a lot for phone calls!!I think you posted the wrong file!
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Don't worry Juice, I am sending the pictures direct to soulful detroit...they will appear here soon...I'm new at this...PR for my dad's group is the job and we are up and coming too...smile..clips and the mp3's are coming to my dad's new web site...coming soon..just an early announcement posted here for now...and a sneak preview of what is about to come...letting folks know Wilbert Hart is alive and kicking with his new group and new record company with nothing but good music and new artists.Positive sites coming soon..for the FONIC-ZONE AND WILBERT HART AND THE NEW DELFONICS/DELPHONICS
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Wil Hart aka Wilbert Hart an original Delfonic is making a come back with a hot new cd album that is soon to be released ...His new group consists of Joe Branch out of the Bronx and Greg Hill out of New Brunswick..Wil has his daughter Shallah producing Hip Hop Artist and R and B singer, ReRE is singing with Claudette Ortiz -Tobey from City High on the Remake of HEY LOVE which features Willie Gleamz, an up and coming Hip Hop Artist out of Philly..Hot tracks come from Philadub and Rick Ross from the dirty south...this new product is hot and the songs are melting hearts fresh out the studio all the way to the bank...Look for these hot tunes on the CD to take off..
Here for You
Hey Love
Dreams
How Could You
Secret
Don't Give In
Look for his new artists out of the Bronx called
"MELRAH" which features Wendell Sawyers' son
Wendell..FONIC -ZONE CONCERTS is headed up by Wil's wife, MRS. SHEILA HART..His sons, Hakeem and Aleem are producing songs on these artist as well...It's a family affair...FONIC-ZONE coming soon...more pictures to come...
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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A blast from the past photos coming next..Recent concerts by Wilbert Hart and the New Delfonics was Sept 3rd AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL,Virginia Beach with KOOL N THE GANG, SOS BAND
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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So tell me, when are they planning to come to the New York Metro area? I've heard so many different accounts & I'd like to see them for myself. I just saw William & the fellas at The Beacon & they did well. I'd like to afford the same courtesy to Wilbert. Either way, I wish success for all!

As a matter of fact, I'd appreciate it if you could email me at juicefree@hotmail.com. I have a question for you & the forum isn't an appropriate place. Thanks.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice, my dad's concert HEY LOVE TOUR was scheduled for Florida, cancelled due to the Hurricanes..we just came back from New Mexico...I will post east coast concerts on this site and on soul patrol.com ...Going to see both shows will bring back memories, you bet it will...Somethings old and somethings new is what we are doing these days...old school with the new generation and new material produced by my dad and the younger generation tracks, will only enhance my dad's performance with a dynamite stage production in progress..That award winning performance and a great show is what you will see..Wilbert Hart and the New Delfonics/Delphonics with his FONIC ZONE CONCERT coming soon to a theatre near you..
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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A tour was being set for FLORIDA and the Keys by PRESTIGE PROMOTIONS out of Miami, Fl..Angela had to cancel scheduled tours due to the Hurricanes
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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For a sneak preview of whats to come you can go to respectmanagement.com and click on artist and pull up a sample of the hot track of Hey Love by Wilbert Hart and the New Delfonics/Delphonics also a sample of Here for You ...by Rick Ross and Wilbert Hart
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piano-man (piano_man)
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Hey Wilbert..
This is Piano Man..I wish you alot of luck also.
I am Russell Thompkins Music Director! We toured alot! Keep up the good work...Can't wait to see you all in action!
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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What's up Piano Man??

Fonic Zone, I went to the site to try to play the song, but it wouldn't play. I'll try again later!
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Piano man
I am Wil's oldest daughter..and I am doing some promotion for my family, I will tell my dad to contact you...He has been in touch with Mr Russell and the New Stylistics...They are looking forward in working together on some dates...That is what they plan to do...coming soon...Hey Juice try the site again..It is loading up and it takes a while for it to play..however, it will play the whole tune ...My father is on the road today, he will be back Wednesday..I will show him this site and have him get back with you Piano man...
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Hi Fonic,

This is Bobby Eli here.
I was one of the guitarists who played on most of the Delfonics hits.
Please give a shout out to your dad and wish him the best for me.
I can be reached at phillysoulman@verizon.net
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Bobby,

All of you Philly cats need to get together on some collabos. I'd love to hear what you folks would come up with!
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Absolutely, Juice!!
that would be a monumental event.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Well By Jove man,

Let's get on with it!!! I'm available for assorted hand claps & table drumming! Maybe, I can do some tasteful zigga-zigga-zigga-scratchin'. Maybe I can scratch some french horn samples, or somethin' fresh like dat!! Hey, maybe I can play a dummy guitar, yeah....that's the ticket :-)

Gotta keep it gangster son, fo real. Word to the mutha!!!
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Hello Mr Eli
My dad has spoken of you and Mr Earl and Mr Norman Harris and Sugar Bear and Fat Larry who are no longer with here..We grew up with their children too..My mom was friends with their moms and were a big happy family...The Philadelphia Musicians are the best...I remember Bay, and Freddie, Tony Bell, of course our favorite was Mr Tommy Bell, he really liked playing with us at the studio, Mr Harris lived up the street on Gainor Road, we lived on Gainor Road , too. in Philly..those was the good ole days...
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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I told my dad about this site and he will respond to you when he come back..he is on the road doing a celebrity golf outing ...he does a lot of golf tournament and celebrity parties for the golf industry...He learned to play golf while cadding at Cobbs Creek Golf Course back in the day..He now thinks he's coming close to Tiger Woods..smile
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David Meikle (david_meikle)
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Lowell has passed some Delfonics photos to me which he has received by e-mail.

Unfortunately I can't open them on Adobe.

I have asked him for help.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Hi foniczone.

Listen, you have my e-mail address. Send me the photos, I'll resize them & post them for you. Not a problem at all!
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Hi Fonic Zone,

I remember when your family lived on Gainor rd!
Thats when the neighborhood was nice
No drugs, no guns.
I pass by there frequently and get misty eyed when I ride by Norman's house.
Do you remember mr Billy Leonard who had an oil delivery service and also had a band??
His daughter's name is Karen.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Good morning Mr Eli
Yes I do remember them my dad bought oil from them I also remember going to Mrs Dee Dee Sharp
gamble's house with my dad..She sang a song he wrote and my dad went home and sung the same song and then let Mr Major Harris sing the same song..He went into Sigma Sound Studios and put all three versions on and mixed the tape and that song if he ever release it is a stone cold smash hit...Ms Dee Dee was so shocked to hear it put together like that ..it brought tears to her eyes she has such a beautiful voice and together with my dad and Mr Harris's voice...it was if they were all in the studio together...it really made me realize what a great producer my dad is...a talent he learned from Mr Tommy Bell..and great musicians such as yourself, he used a great engineer at Sigma Sound, and Mr Tarza always loved to come watch my dad doing what he do best make music at Sigma Sound. One thing I loved was being able to go with my dad and watch him produce his music at Sigma..It always made me feel good and proud of him..He will be talking with you on your email site..very soon. Mr Juice I will forward the pictures to you, and I know You will enjoy them...We appreciate your help..Danita
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Now listen here MS foniczone!!!!!

That Mr. Juice stuff will have to stop! I'm not that old now, please call me Juice before I start feeling like I need some Depends :-) I'm not that old :-)
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Okay Juice
I was always brought up to respect my elders ...smile not meaning you are much older than me...smile...did you get my photos...I hope you did...let me know. dee
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Hi Fonic Zone!!

Brings back a lot of great memories.
Deedee and Kenny lived at 51st and Wynnefield ave, not far from Tommy Bell and Randy Cain, who lived on Parkside avenue, between 49th and 50th streets..
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Nosey (nosey)
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Hi Fonic Zone: I'm Nosey (female) from Philly and I have such wonderful memories of house parties dancing to the Delphonics music. I distinctly remember when "Break Your Promise" (I hope that's the right title) was first being played at parties and dances and how that distinctive opening would get us out of our seats looking for a dance partner. Great songs and a great group.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Thank you very much Nosey, for the kind words that mean so much to my dad...He loves all his fans and tries to give them a great show...He is still tall and handsome..hitting the golf balls keeps him in shape and producing music keeps his voice in tact...coming soon with a new show and a new cd album...pictures will be posted soon.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Dear Bobby,
My dad tried to reach you by email...he will be writing you soon..My uncle lived next door to Dee Dee and Mr Gamble on 51st and Wynnefield Ave...We were all up on the hill and living so close to one another...times was good, and everything was peaceful back then...Brothers was tight...love for one another...believe me it is still there...the love for one another...family will be family...but business is business and sometimes it can destroy family if you let it...however, we have love in heart for family...we always will no matter what...we were raised to love one another by my mom and dad...I must say, they really in stilled the sense of family, and love for one another in all of us nine children..that is the one thing my mom and dad demand, that we be family no matter what...love your family...no matter what...remember where you came from...and move on...forgive, but never forget...God is Great
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Fonic.
heres my e mail addy again
phillysoulman@verizon.net
Ill give you my phone info if you e mail me.

Now, Im going into the hospital Monday, so Ill be out of commission for a minute, but Im sure that Vonnie will give an update.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Hey Bobby
It's me man Wil Hart, I pray your surgery goes well..miss you man..Love and Peace to your wife and family...email me at whmmp@aol.com for my numbers we will get together when you get out of the hospital...wish you all the best man..One of the Best musicians and Producers, song writers out of Philadelphia...a great man you are..man Love and Peace brother...miss you man...and the philly sound...coming back though...real soon all of us...bringing back that great philly sound good music ...classic grammy sounds from philly
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Hey Wil!!!!
Wow, welcome to uur little family here.

I cant wait to hook up in about three weeks or so(God willing) and make some great new music for the masses!!!!
God Bless you Will and to your family and I will talk to so soon.
B.Eli
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Hello everyone!

Hi Fonic Zone! Yes, I received your pictures. I'm editing them as I type this. The first picture will be the Walk Of Fame picture!
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Oops!! Here it is :-)

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Wilbert Hart & children, Sadeekah & Elijah Muhammad Hart, William Hart & Randy Cain. This picture was featured in The Philadelphia New Observer (May 31, 1995), upon The Delfonics receiving their plaque on Philadelphia's Walk Of Fame.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
my mom sent that picture around the world in the Jet Magazine in 1995...This is a very famous picture...I hope everyone like the pictures I have sent to you
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Hi Fonic Zone,

I'll post them a few at a time & you can give the necessary information as we go!

WilNewDelfonics

Here they are - Wil Hart & The New Delfonics/Delphonics
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Here's Wil Hart & The Fonic Zone Crew

foniczone
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
on this picture you will see my sister Shallah Hart, my mom, Mrs Sheila Hart, Beyonce, and my dad, Wilbert Hart, my brother, Aleem Hart, and my baby brother, Elijah Muhammad Hart, and Joanny
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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In this picture we are at the movie premier of JACKIE BROWN, it is my dad, Wilbert Hart who sang and performed Didn't I blow your mind at Ziegfields in New York December 1997, Wilbert Hart , Samuel L Jackson, and my mom
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ok, I'm posting that picture below!

sam
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ok, here's a picture of The Delfonics being interviewed:

int

Wilbert Hart, William Hart & Randy Cain
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
sorry I must be ahead of you stay tuned for this one picture taken in Las Vegas with Evander Holyfield, my dad, Wilbert Hart and my sister Safa Hart, there my dad sang the National Anthem at the fight...Mildredth Taylor fight I think..
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Here's another of Wil Hart & The New Delfonics/Delphonics

wil
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ok, I didn't receive that picture from you yet!
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
Evander picture is in your email...
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ok D,

Here's Evander Holyfield, Wilbert Hart & daughter Safa Hart at The Las Vegas Hilton.

evander
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
here is a picture with my aunt Peaches from Philly, Evander Holyfield, My dad, Wilbert Hart and my sister Safa Hart in Las Vegas at the Hilton
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ok D,

I think that we're on the same page now :-) Coming up is a blast from the past.

raWilWi

Here's one of The Classic Delfonics!

Randy, William (And Son???) & Wilbert
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
How do you like my dad's new look, clean shaven head, mr clean as my baby brother calls him...Wil Hart is sporting a new clean look...no hair, smile...famous for wearing those big hats...back in the day...
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
This is the famous Didn"t I blow your mind album cover picture with my oldest brother Wilbert Hart jr who is standing in front of my uncle William Hart...get it right now...It is Wilbert 's first born...the first Delfonic Son born To my dad and mom on February 1,1967..Wilbert Hakeem Hart jr...he is now 37 years young...he traveled on the road with my dad and would come out playing the drums on stage in the middle of the show at 2 in a half years old...
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Hey D,

I've had to adopt that same look for myself, so it's all good to me. Yes, those big hats were something. I was a little too young for those, but it brings back some fond memories :-)

Thanks for the correct identification!

(Message edited by juicefree20 on October 02, 2004)
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Now here's a REAL BLAST from the past. Here's a B/W shot of The Classic Delfonics!!!

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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
You said it right...vintage Delfonics first show at the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia, Pa.1967
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Here is a photo of The Jersey show that Wil Hart & The Delfonics performed at. Featured acts included Cliff Perkins & The Soul Generation, Reg Haynes & The Escorts & Too Smoothe

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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Wil Hart's bio & the logo of his record label:

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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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I call this one "The Delfonics Ride Again"! Clint Eastwood would be nervous if these brothers ev er drove up!!!

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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ruben Studdard meets Wil & Sheila Hart:

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Eli (phillysoulman)
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AWESOME pictures!!!!!!
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Juice
you got that right...but as someone on the thread said before , these was the street clothes man...they were authenic..their dress on and off stage was classic fonic style...original..I remember my dad shopping in Paris and Germany for Leather outfits, shoes and bags, getting their uniforms and capes custom made tailored to fit..
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Mr Eli
I know you remember the way they dressed on and off stage...My dad drove that big Silver Cloud Bently and our tag was 7777 and the steering wheel was on the other side...he had a chauffeur but he would drive it himself and the cops always pulled us over, saying he was too young to drive a car like that...remember ...those were the days
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Juice
my dad is trying to make it happen , but my uncle has to want it too..and do the right thing to make it a tight unit harmony and all..
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Now, here's some rare gems coming up! This was Wil Hart's Delfonics featuring William Hart, performing as a QUARTET!!! When's the last time you saw pictures like these:

1
2
3

This was the brothers & the quartets last performance together. This was in 1992 at The Peppermint Lounge in Newark, N.J. Imagine the original 3 of William, Wilbert, Randy with Major!!!

Right on, right on for the rareness!!! Someway, Someday, Somehow, we MUST see this quartet perform again before we meet our Maker!!! We have to!!

(Message edited by juicefree20 on October 02, 2004)
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Juice
you are looking at William Hart, Major Harris, Herbert Randal Cain, and my dad, Wilbert Hart all on stage in my dad's version of Wil Hart and the Delphonics in 1992...all the singers on the songs made famous by the Delfonics/Delphonics
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Aahhh...yesterday when we were young!! Damn, things just seemed so much simpler then. It would be nice to go back to those good days for just a minute before it got to be so hectic :-)
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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I remember that Bentley!
He was the first to get one waaaaay before the hip hoppers caught on.
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Dear Mr Eli
I am so happy to be able to share these pictures with you and Juice and the soulful detroit audiences. I am still trying to find a picture of my dad's Bentley...when I do I will post it here...I hope and Pray that you have a safe return from the hospital and that all goes well with you...I hope I have made you feel good in some small way by sharing these pictures with you..danita hart
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Good Morning Everyone
I guess I really blew up the thread with these pictures last night so I am going to give everyone a chance to digest them..I will be back soon with more interesting things to come...
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Juice
Good morning
I see I am not the only one that is up this early
Did you get the photos I sent ...yesterday...dee
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Hi D,

I'm getting ready for bed. Yes, I received the pictures. I have to edit the large one. I'll post more of them later today, that you can be sure of :-)
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Good night Juice...Thanks again...dee
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Good night Dee,

I'm glad that I could help. Those photos & The Delfonics are a great part of our musical history. I'm glad that you're presenting them to us. I'm sure that some of those pictures are new to many of us. Thanks for sharing!

I'll be back later today! Good night :-)
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Very Nice!!!!
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Piano man,
This is Wil Hart, man..I want you to email me so I can give you my numbers...You are doing a great job for Russell and the New Stylistics...band director...great job ...excellent choice made by Russell...I might need your help ...setting things up and all, call me or email so I can give you my home number...Thanks to Juice for helping my daughter, Danita with this site...The pictures sure do bring back memories...good memories...
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Danita & Wil,

No problem at all. I'm just glad to be able to lend assistance to you. So many people have helped me here & I'm just playing it forward, extending the same courtesy to you, that others have shown to me. That's what this forum is all about :-) I just thank you for sharing some Soul music history with us, that's what it's all about!

I have 3 more pictures that I've cropped & fixed up for you. Here they are:

1974 - The Delfonics perform as a duo
1

Wil Hart with legendary DJ Jocko & wife
jocko

Danita can fill us in on the next shot:

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My dad Wilbert Hart doing what he do best performing Hey Love 1992
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Nosey (nosey)
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FONIC ZONE! Thanks for that trip down memory lane. I remember that Uptown Show! Oh to see the classic line up again! I wish, I wish!
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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That's what it is all about Nosey...the trip down memory lane and the memories...good memories is what my dad is trying to bring about...Coming soon that line up is still available ...no one has died thanks to almighty God...They are all still alive and kicking...My dad is trying to get the line up tuned up, but my uncle is a hard nut to crack...we won't even go there...but keep praying ..../Some day, some way...be it the Will of Almighty God, it will happen before the circle is no longer full...
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Great pix!!I always dug the clothes and "Hey Love" turned out to be my fave Delfonic record.The "classic" pix remind me of seeing the group in 68/69.
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Thanks you Tony for your kind words..I am glad you liked the pixx...For those of you who don't know...The Delfonics had 14 hits back to back on the Charts and voted best R and B performance group in 1970 for Did'n I blow your mind...First R and B group out of Philadelphia to win a Grammy back then...that was quite an honor, today anything gets a grammy seems like to me you don't even have to be able to sing...to win one...back then that was so very important, being able to really sing harmony and make real music with live instruments...having a big session with the Philadelphia Musicians great strings by Don Rinaldo and Vince Montana...I think I got the names right..Mr Eli, Mr Norman Harris, Mr Earl Young, Micheal Forman, Tony Bell, Fat Larry, Karl Chambers, Roland Chambers,great studios in Philadelphia...S i g m a....S o u n d..Joe Tarsa
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Helene (helene)
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Oh wow, how GOOD is all this info!

Last year, during a bit of a sleepless night, my local radio station played "la la means I love you" and I just melted into my pillow. I hadn't heard it for SO long.

The next day I rushed over to HMV record store and searched through the CDs until I found it. I play it at home, in the car, while working out at the gym. Everywhere.

This is such great news. And all the pics. Awesome.

Thank you so much.:-)
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Thank you Helene
I am very happy that so many fans are viewing my dad's personal pictures...I have been going thru his collection and there is so many more...I will post a few at a time...
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fonic zone;
Thanks for sharing your memories with us, nice to have you as part of the "SD Family".:-)

Juice;
Thanks for helping to post those photos. Good job!!
S.S.
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David Meikle (david_meikle)
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I like this one of the Delfonics which comes courtesy of Adrian Croasdell and Kent's "The Professionals" cd.
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David Meikle (david_meikle)
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and this one cortesy of Giles Petard
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David
Thank you for your addition,,We have the same photos and I know where he got this one from...it is a picture outside the Apollo Theatre I think..these pictures are surfacing because a cousin of mine comes over here and get them and sell them to record stores, but we have the originals...great shots...great shots coming
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My mom had curled my dad's hair in this photo..taken in 1968
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Juice
did you know my dad recorded some songs on Honey and the Bees..I remember one song called
We got to stay together...or is that before your time...too
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He also recorded a tune on Brenda and the Tabulations...from Philly for Jimmy Bishop
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The Delfonics are my all-time favorite male trio. Thank you Fonic_Zone, Wil and Juice for posting the pics. Wil, when are you coming back to Hotlanta? Childhood friends of mine played in your band, Curtis and Jesse Davis, are they still touring with you? And "Hey Love" is also my favorite Delfonics song. Looking forward to the new material.
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I was born in '60....NO, not 1860, although it sure feels that way sometimes :-) Actually, I didn't discover Honey & The Bees until the late '90s. The airwaves here were so full of James, Otis, Johnnie, Sam & Dave, Motown, Aretha, Peaches & Herb, The Intruders, Joe Tex & Pickett, that didn't leave a lot of room for the girls. I discovered them after the CD revolution, when the companies started reissuing these Soul classics.

I never knew that your father did those additional songs. That adds a new insight to this thread.

David: Thanks for the shots. I never saw that Apollo photo before!

Soul Sister: Thank you for the kind words. Hey, how could I resist aiding with classic Soul & the history of one of my favorite all-time groups?

Danita: I'll never forget the night of the accident at Wingate High. I was planning to go to that show with a couple of Delfonics LPs to see if I could get them signed. I always liked Curtis, but I was a Delfonics fan since I was 8. Then, too, I always loved the ballad Follow Every Dream & had read that The Delfonics were once supposed to sign a contract with Curtom, which never happened. My intention was to try to meet the fellas & ask them about that & what things were like when they started.

Unfortunately, it poured that night, I mean it POURED. I forgot about the idea of going to the concert & was shocked when a co-worker came to work after the concert & told me what had happened. Regardless, I always dug The Delfonics & I always will think back fondly on those days of my childhood.
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Hi Fonic Zone. It seems I remember two Cain brothers in the group originally. I remember one getting in trouble very young and had to go to jail and even though their father was a judge he still had to go. Am I right or am I having hallucinations. Not trying to start nothing just checking to see if my memory is intact. LOL!

Do you know what Randy Cain is doing these days?
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Fonic_zone,

I'm very interested in your story, and would like to know more about it. I have an interest in artist royalties and how they get cheated or sign away there rights to that income, also I always wondered what happened to the Delfonics. This thread may not be the place for that so you could contact me at Benton55@aol.com Thanks
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Nosey
Randy had a brother named Jerry and he played the drums for my dad's group first, then the Intruders..he was a great drummer out of Philly..and yes he did get into trouble and go to jail did his time and came out got married and became a probation officer before he died...Yes, I remember the show at Wingate field, my dad had a friend that lived across from there and they invited our whole family to their house and we had a big dinner before the show...then my dad and the group went across to the field, they were suppose to on instead of Mr Curtis, but seeing the storm was coming Mr Mayfield asked my dad to let him go on next and we stood at the back of the stage, I watched the whole thing , as the tree lights began swaying from side to side a terrible gust of wind blew them down across the stage, my mom was sitting in a chair and my brother pushed her out of the way just as the whole stage began falling down...the chair my mom was sitting in was flattened to the ground, everyone was shouting and crying and my mom was hysterical about what had just happened to the chair she was sitting in, then we looked for my dad he was still in the trailer getting his group ready for the show, we ran and told him to come help something terrible happened to Mr Curtis and his drummer, my God , His drummer was knocked off his stool and I think his head or neck was cut...bad...they rushed us across the field to my dad's friends' house while all the groups went to the hospital...That is one night I will always remember as a child, it frightened me to death..
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About that Curtom deal...that was one of the deals my uncle messed up...we also had deals with Don King and the Jackson 5 Tour, he messed that one up too, Jim Brown wanted to manage our group, my uncle messed that one up too, so did Sammy Davis Jr want to manage our group...so many people wanted to manage the Delfonics...My dad's group was big...I remember them opening up for the Beatles at the Paladium in London...years ago before the Beatles came to America...it was a show set up by Long John Wade..from wibg-fm...I remember the Delfonics heading a show with Kool N The Gang, before Celebration...came out ...this show was also at the Apollo...I remember, The Four Tops , The Temptations, and the Delfonics Show great show...it was...Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, Nj..The children spent the night at Muhammad Ali's house, while Mom and Sister Belinda Ali went to the Latin with our dad's group..Sister Arena babysitted the Ali children and us...good memories, good times...I remember my dad and Muhammad Ali drag racing the rolls royce and the Bentley on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, trying to get to the Latin in time for the show...with Major Cox following in his Rolls...they dropped us off and met our moms at the show...big fun...big fun...good times at the Latin Casino...
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Danita,

It's great to hear your experiences. You give a fresh perspective to what those days were like. It sounds as though you had the time of your life. Thanks for bring a new insight to what those days were like.

And yes, The Delfonics were HUGE! They were extremely popular in my neck of the woods & man, if they could have found another producer like Thom Bell & a more attentive label, they could have stayed at the top for many more years. When I think about what could have been....Man. If you can imagine all of those songs that Thom produced on The Spinners, or The Stylistics produced for The Delfonics....WHEW!!!
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Well Juice
that is what Mr Bell said when he left...He said the songs he had for the Delfonics , he would make some new Delfonics, and he did...He gave those songs to the Stylistics...all because my uncle would not give him credit for helping to write those songs...my uncle wanted all the credit and my dad even made up the parts of the songs for background vocals and produced them on many of the hits, it was my dad and Tommy in the Studio, my uncle would come in and lay his voice down and leave...so the music was done by Mr Bell and the back ground was made up by my dad..that is why he can reproduce the sound of the Delfonics and my uncle cannot...Tommy taught my dad how to do it...and he pulled my dad out front to lead Didn't I it was Mr Bell that chose who was to lead that song..not my uncle...my uncle wrote some lyrics...that's it...he had the falsetto that's it...the cake was not done with just that...voice...it took two eggs milk butter and sugar to make that cake...
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Danita,
If I may call you by your name, what other songs did your dad sing lead on? I find this topic very interesting and I had always wondered why Thom Bell stop working with the guys and started working with the Stylistics and Spinners, as well as your dialogue with Mr. Eli. Do Randy and Major tour with your uncle? I remember in the late 60s and early 70s when the Delfonics would perform in DC. I hated the fact that I was too young to see them perform (at the clubs). Can you believe the first time I saw the group live was in the late 90s, down here in Atlanta. I'm still waiting for their return. Some of my favorite recordings are 'Hey Love', 'When You Get Right Down To It', 'Trying To Make A Fool Of Me', 'I Gave To You','Somebody Loves You','Tell Me This Is A Dream','Don't Throw It All Away' and 'The Delfonics Theme (How Could You)', always played at the parties, great slow jam. The Delfonics were definitely my equivalent to The Supremes, numero uno.

Tyrone

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Ryon6 (tyrone)
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What's up Juice? Thanks for posting the pictures. You do good work! For a child of the 60s, you sure have been around (smile).

Tyrone
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Ryon6
Thanks for supporting our thread and your comments in Hotlanta my dad played the Fox Theatre I believe, and yes Randy and Major worked with my uncle for awhile until he kicked them to the curb...they often work for my dad...he is still looking after them...Randy lives with us and we love him...Major lived with us for awhile and we took good care of him too...they love my mom's cooking...He said he will be coming to Atlantic for the NAACP soon...will let you know the date...as soon as it is confirmed
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Ryon6
My dad sing lead on several hits by the Delfonics Seventeen and in Love, Pardon Me Girl, Your Name,
Round and Around, I'm a man, When you get right down to it..Hey Love..Didn't I blow your mind..I'll get mine you get yours...It was Tommy Bell that pulled my dad out front, he heard my dad's voice singing lead on several songs...My dad was writing songs and writing background parts for songs, and Mr Bell gave him a shot at it and the rest is history...Some of these songs are on the Delfonics the Professionals, Sexy Soul lp,Don't Leave Me...on kent records...My father was also responsible for placing the backgrounds and harmonies for all the Delfonic songs when and how they should go...also, in the studio he produced along with Tom Bell and William Hart on Delfonic Sessions...
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Nosey (nosey)
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Fonic Zone: Thanks for confirming that memory about the Cain brothers. I tawt, I taw what I taw! Ha, ha. Have a blessed day! (Don't mind me, I celebrated another year on this planet yesterday and I'm still high on God and his blessings!)
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Nosey (nosey)
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Fonic Zone, it's me again: I used to hang with Major's daughter, her name begins with an "R" and was at the house in Cherry Hill at a party about a week before the murders. I was on the periphery of a lot of what you speak about as I hung with the Overbrook High crowd and have been in the presence of your uncle and father where they have behaved as total gentlemen. Class acts, I must say.
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Vonnie (vonnie)
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Hi Danita,

How are you today? I'm so glad that Wil is doing fine. You are the best promotion person your dad could have, he's so lucky to have you and your entire family backing him.

I was your neighbor back in the day, I lived at 54th and Woodcrest, and Bobby Eli lived on Lebanon Avenue. I can't wait to hear the new Fonic_Zone release, I know that it will be chock full of wonderful tunes. I remember hearing the first song released, "He don't Really Love You", the sound of the timpani in that song was so beautiful. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your family soon, I know your dad and Bobby will hook up after he is well.

Keep posting, we enjoy hearing about what is happening with Wil Hart and The New Delfonics.:-)
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Nosey (nosey)
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Fonic Zone: You have me so hyped about the Delfonics that I want to order their greatest hits from Amazon.com but it saddens me that they won't receive any money from the purchase. Can I order a CD from you and you all get the money? Holla!
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Dear Nosey
Thanks for your suggestion, however, all that is in the process of being changed as we speak..They are finally talking a settlement deal with Arista as we speak so you can purchase from Arista, Amazon who ever you buy your cd's from ...from now on my dad's group will get their royalties...it is being set up right after all these years...Wilbert Hart and Randy Cain will get their royalties...in a settlement meeting taking place as we speak...stay tuned for the new releases tho they will surprise you..My dad is doing tunes with Rick Ross from the dirty south, bringing that fonic flavor to the hip hop nation with class and style...he is also doing things with the group City High...and a new hip hop group out of the Harlem called Melrah....so things are looking up for him and he loves doing what he does...make music...and making people feel good...
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Dear Vonnie
Thanks for remembering us on Gainor Road, my dad had 2 sons and me..at that time..now we have 6 more children born over the years and two step brothers we call my dad's road children...we love them too...my mom helped raise them too...so they were blessed to have her just like we are...my dad treated us all the same...taught us to love one another and be there for each other..and that is what we do...just as we were raised...to do...Please give Mr Eli the greeting of Love and Peace from our family...Our prayers are for his safe and healthy return to us all...My dad will be in touch with him in regards to his new projects and perhaps together they can create something so big it will make the world stand up and take notice of that special Phila Sound back on the scene...and loving it...bringing that sound back is what it is all about...the Philly sound, good clean music...with a message...
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Juice
I remember meeting Brett Ratner in New York..before he became famous...Before Rush Hour...Mr Ratner was going to college and doing music videos, one day he called my dad and asked him for a favor, he told my dad that Russell Simmons birthday was the day after my dad's and that Russell's favorite group was the Delfonics,,after a long day at work Russell would get in his Limo and turn on the tape of the Delfonics so he could wind down and listen to some Classic R&B...Mr Brett wanted my Dad to bring his Delfonics to New York and surprise Mr Russell Simmons, by performing at his surprise Birthday Party in New York...My Mom and Dad agreed to bring the group there and we went to Mr Ratners penthouse apt in downtown NY...he lived on the top floor..that is where we stayed while they went to the party...It went over very well, Mr Russell was surprised and My dad's group sang all the hits for him...what a birthday that was for Mr Russell Simmons from Def Jam...I think my dad did the party again in Miami Fl the next year..I did not make that one because they had a date in the Virgin Islands the next day, so the kids had to stay home that time...just some more fun memories...
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Dear Nosey
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Ahhh Danita,

What a life huh :-)

I'm glad to hear that the settlement is being worked out. I hope that this will help the rift within the group & that some real healing will begin. Life is much too short for strife & perhaps the love from all of those classic songs will rub off & make things right. Tomorrow's promised to no one & it would be sad, should anyone meet their maker, without true resolution in this situation. There has to be a way for this to be healed, there just has to be.

Hopefully this will be the start :-)
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Nosey (nosey)
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Fonic Zone: I just ordered the greatest hits CD and can't wait! I feel better about ordering it since you said things are being worked on. Will let you know when it comes.

I was shocked to read that your father led some of my favorite tunes but I never recalled him singing lead while performing. Am I wrong about that?
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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On those songs he did sing lead, however, my uncle always stood in the middle...for some strange reason, whenever my dad tried to go to the center to lead if you noticed my uncle would not pass the mike...back then there was no cordless mics...so my dad just sang from his side of the stage the lead ...if you recall, many of the Delfonics Songs were three part harmony kind of songs, everyone had a line to sing..or a couple of lines to sing, but the brothers were always singing lead on the songs...sometimes my uncle would lead songs he wrote, sometimes my dad would lead songs he wrote, and sometimes Mr Bell decided who lead a song...that is what made the group so unique...the sound, the harmonies..etc.and that beautiful orchestration of Mr Bell and the Phila Orchestra and the Phila Musicians...along with the group's spectatular performances vocally and physically on stage and in the studio...that's why when Randy left the group, the brothers continued to do shows just the two of them..they could handle that kind of situation...until my dad trained Mr Major Harris to fill the spot, we used many other people, one in particular was a guy out of Chicago called Bruce...He and his wife Cookie came to live at our house, until Bruce left for greenier Pastures, my uncle did not like anyone around long that could sing his note...he got rid of them quick..then there was Ron Harper from the same group Naturners Rebellion, and finally my dad chose Major, because Major could sing and dance very well...
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Nosey (nosey)
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Thanks for that insight Fonic Zone. I forgot to mention earlier what a great looking family you hail from and your mom looks fantastic to have birthed 9 babies!

I look forward to seeing your dad's group as I saw your uncle's earlier this year at the Liacouras Center. I don't want to compare the group but since I now know that your dad led some of my favorite songs I'm anxious to see them as well.
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Thank you Nosey, yes my mom does look good for her age and she did have 9 c sections...all single births...we are all alive and kicking...the oldest is 37 35 and i am 33, 29, 26,23,20,17,and my baby brother is 13...there are 6 of us with degrees and three to go...my parents are very strict about all of us going to college...straight out of high school...they taught us how to eat to live...knowledge, wisdom and understanding being humble yet submissive and tolerant and how to love and forgive and trust in God...Education is the key...its for you and it is for me...If one human being can do something you can too...if you learn the science of how to do it..never say never...this is how we were raised...reach back and help one another...and that is what we do...
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Satipe (satipe)
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Hello Fonic,

I am a teacher from Toronto, Canada and I try to do what is best for 'my kids' so here I preach. Juice and a few others here can let you know that 'my kids' have met and/or telephone interviewed so many artists (B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Smokey Robinson, current and former Temptations, your uncle and many others)about paving the way for today's artists. A man named Bob from Soul-Patrol e-mailed me and said that we should connect with your Dad - I listened to the concert on his website and it was GREAT!

Would your Dad be willing to talk to some of 'my kids' who are my students?

You can let me know at TimSkinner@Rogers.Com. Feel free to ask other members of SDF if you wish to check on me.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Hi Satipe!!!

Danita, Satipe is doing some great things with the young children of today. He teaches them about the history of our beloved artists such as The Delfonics, The Dells, all of their musical forefathers. He instills the love of that music into youngsters & has artists talk with his students. I think that what he does is great, as it not only teaches these children about their musical past, it introduces these artists to a brand new generation. That helps to keep their legacies alive & perhaps creates a whole new generation of fans & supporters.

Tim does good work & I believe that your father would do well to speak with him :-)
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Thanks Juice and Satipe
Yes you can contact my dad by email at Whmmp@aol.com Wilbert Hart Music Mother Productions at aol.com
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Nosey (nosey)
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Hi Fonic Zone: I just got my cd today. Now look what you just did, I may have to call somebody tonight. LOL!

I have a greater appreciation for the music since you've been to this site.
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Danita,

If you're there, I got the pictures today after picking my mom up from the hospital. After tending to her & editing the pictures, I will post them for you. I didn't want you to think that I forgot about you :-)
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Thanks Juice I sure hope and pray your mom is well and everything is okay with her...dee
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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Nosey thanks again..try listening to my dad's tune
ROUND AND ROUND...OOPS HERE WE GO...HERE WE GO BABY...just to see how well he can write and produce and orchestrate a song...straight from the heart...
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Hi Fonic & Nosey!!

Hey Juice;
Tell your Mom she's been in Jimmy & My prayers for a speedy recovery. God Bless.
S.S.
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Juice
How's Mom doing today...tell her we send love and best of health wishes from the fonic zone crew
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Hi Danita & Soul Sister,

Your kind wishes are greatly appreciated. Mom is doing fine, a little sore, but doing great. Man, she is some kinda woman a trooper like no other. If I can be half the man she is, I'll be proud :-)

Danita has sent along a few more pictures, so here they are in all of their glory!!!

This is Wilbert doing his thing, circa 1974

Wil


Here are The Delfonics with "The Greatest Of All Tiiiimmmmes" The one, the only Muhammad Ali

Ali


The Sounds Of Sexy Soul...The Delfonics in their glory!!

c2


Now here's a rare one. The Brothers Hart before The Delfonics. William was 19, Wilbert was 17. The best was yet to come...

before

MORE TO FOLLOW!!!

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fonic_zone (fonic_zone)
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Good morning Juice, Mr Eli
I hope and pray Mr Eli is fine and in good health..I have been away for awhile working on my Masters in Education...getting ready to be a Principal in some school...however, working on those papers is very time consuming...so I am checking in with Soulful Detroit, to see what's up and coming...on the threads...
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Vonnie (vonnie)
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Hi Danita,

I'm glad you checked in, I was wondering where you were. I'm glad you're taking care of the most important thing that anyone can do, taking care of your education. I'm a firm proponent of education.

Bobby is doing fine, everything is going along very well. He's a real trooper and will soon be up to his normal speed. He will contact your Dad very soon.

Take care and continue making your family proud.:-)

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