MAJOR HARRIS

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Top of pageBottom of page   By FAYETTE (205.188.209.38) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 09:25 pm:

DO ANYONE KNOW WHAT MAJOR HARRIS IS UP TO THESE
DAYS AND IS HE STILL PERFORMING.

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 09:26 pm:

He sings with the Delfonics.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Nancy (24.101.72.243) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:01 pm:

HEY GUYS MAJOR HARRIS USED TO BE WITH THE DELFONICS BUT HE HAS NOW GONE SOLO

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:04 pm:

When did this happen Nancy in the past year? The last time I saw the Delfonics, less than a year ago, Major was right on stage singing with William Hart and Randy Cain.

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:44 pm:

Some may think Major Harris is a solo act cause when they bill the Delfonics on shows with the Chi-lites, the Dramatics, the Stylistics, etc., they bill Major Harris, the Delfonics, the Dramatics, the Stylistics...making you think, if you didn't see the show, they Major does a solo act, well he doesn't, he sings with the Delfonics on these shows. I have no idea why they bill his name separately and apart from the Delfonics other than to make the lineup seem fatter than what it is.

I'm sure he does a solo gig when he can get it but he also sings with the Delfonics.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:48 pm:

There are two Delfonics. One brother sings with one, and the other brother sings with the other group. (LOL) I don't know their names. But Major Harris sings with one set, and yes, both groups have been on the same show. :o)

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:49 pm:

Isn't that guy who "claims" to be related to David Ruffin in the Delfonics?

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:50 pm:

Sis, you actually saw the Delfonics and the Delphonics on the same show?

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:54 pm:

If I'm not mistaken, they were on the 70's soul jam on PBS. And of course, I know someone who is with the Dramatics, so if I'm interested, I get the low down.

The Intruders will be here on Feb. 22, but none of them are originals. The Pursuaders (sp) will be here also. I think one of them may be an original.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:56 pm:

The Chi-Lites will be here also. Marshall is glad to be back. Squirrel is still there. Anthony may have gone solo.

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:59 pm:

I hear you Sis. I also hear your brother's been jamming on that bass during the Dramatics' set. They say he does a funky solo on the show. Peeps in the streets been yakking about the Dramatics' bass player I wanna tell u.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 12:08 am:

LOL... I can't hide. (LOL)
OK, you got me cornered RD. I got to give my brother a play sometimes. Thanks for the compliment. I will let him know.

But remember, I am SisDetroit, who somestimes have different opinions than he does.

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (195.219.7.85) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 12:21 am:

Must just add the superb track called
'call me tomorrow'
by Major on the Okeh label(no.7327)c/w 'Like a rolling stone'.
yet another rare item on our crazy scene.
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 12:31 am:

SisDetroit they were propping so hard I had to tell them your bro's name. "Fellas, y'all talking about Mr. Wendel."

Seriously, I have two friends who go see the Dramatics whenever they come to town or within a 45 mile radius. This lovefest has been going on since the sixties. Neither were in the service nor spent any time in jail or prison so they haven't missed seeing them once. They speak of Squirrel as if he's a prince: "He don't sing with dem no mo' cuz he don' made 'is money."

Tell 'em the Temptations are better and they want to bruise you up. It's ridiculous...they say stuff like Willie Ford's better than Melvin Franklin; &%$# like that. They even go backstage and mingle. Male groupies I say.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 12:39 am:

Yes, Squirrel went on to bigger and better things. He sometimes sing with them in Detroit. Wee Gee was my favorite. Now it's Lenny.

Detroit loves both the Temptations and the Dramatics.

Some of them don't know the difference between Otis and Dennis. I was at State Fair last year to see Otis's group. A lady had been yelling all night at Otis's group. She finally blurted out very load indeed "Sing it Dennis." She had the crowd dying with laughter.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Mark Speck (65.58.49.53) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 12:47 am:

Major once sang with the Jarmels--was that before, during or after "A Little Bit of Soap"?

Best,

Mark

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.204.179) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:13 am:

HEY SIS: PLEASE TELL YOUR BROTHER TO TELL LENNY TO GET HERE ON THE FORUM...WHEN I TALKED TO HIM...HE SAID THAT HE WAS "DOWN"...BUT NEEDED HIS WIFE TO HELP HIM HOOK UP WITH THE "NET"...BUT SAID HE WOULD COME ON!!!...I HAVN'T HAD TIME TO GET BACK WITH HIM...BUT PERHAPS YPUR BROTHER CAN TELL HIM THAT IT'S COOL...AND NOT TO WORRY ABOUT A BUNCH OF BS!!!...THANKS...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.176) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:16 am:

Did I say sixties? My friends have been attending Dramatics' concerts since the seventies.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.204.179) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:20 am:

PS TO SIS: WHEN I WAS LIVING DOWN AT 1300 LAFAYETTE BACK IN ABOUT 1972...I RAN INTO SQUIRELL...AND HE CAME OVER TO MY PLACE WITH SOME FRIENDS AND HUNG OUT!!!...HE WAS ASKING ME IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HOOKING UP MUSICALLY...BUT I WAS JUST PHASING DOWN MY BASS PLAYING DEAL...BUT IT WAS GREAT TO SEE HIM!!!...AFTER I HEARD THAT HE WAS THROUGH WITH THE DRAMATICS...I WAS SURPRISED, AND WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM!!!...VERY NICE PERSON...AND I'M GLAD THAT HE IS APPARANTLY DOING WELL!!!...WE ACTUALLY GO BACK TO BEING FAMILIAR WITH EACH OTHER SINCE MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.38) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:26 am:

BY THE WAY: WHEN I FIRST KNEW SQUIRELL...HE WAS LARRY DEMPS...NOT SQUIRELL!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:34 am:

RD - I miss Wee Gee.

StuBass - I guess he was just squirrel to his friends and in the Dramatics. "My name is Squirrel, best shaker in the world." He left the Drams and went back to school. He either has an MA or a PHD. He was teaching in school. I don't know what he's doing now. But I know he lives way out somewhere outside of Detroit.

I will give the message to Mr. Wendell for you. They are going to Las Vegas, I think this week-end to appear in some type of telethon. Look out for them. I'm sure you know someone in Vegas. Do you know how to get in touch with Michael Henderson? He usually goes to their shows in Vegas.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.39.160) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 03:35 am:

Here's how the Major Harris project came into fruition.
Early in 1974 WMOT was informed that Major had left the Delfonics and was loking for a solo deal.
Alan Rubens called and asked me to audition him and if I liked what I heard then then they would sign him on with me producing.
Major then showed up amd sang several tunes including Whats Goin on and A change is gonna come and I was floored by his easy going style which was a hybrid of Ruffin and Cooke.

So immediately I went into writing mode and got all of my crew together which included Vinnie Barrett,Terry Collins and Lee Phillips and we proceeded to hammer out some fine songs out of which came LWLMW which written on Winter afternoon with the aid of some Nutter Butter cookies and creme White Concord wine and just my guitar and Vinnie and I throwing words and melody around. I conjured up the song I wish you love coupled with indelible image of old blue eyes at the bar having"one more for the road" with his jacket thrown over his shoulders and his fedora to the side and tinkling glass in the background.

So the very next day we rehearsed in on M.H. and the next day we recorded it!!

Im glad that we did.

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (65.208.234.61) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 06:54 am:

Bobby, do you remember the actual recording date?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Vonnie (152.163.204.77) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 07:49 am:

Sis,

The brother's names are William Hart(Delfonics) and Wilbur Hart(Delphonics).

Vonnie

Top of pageBottom of page   By Vonnie (152.163.204.77) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 07:52 am:

Sis,
Forgot to mention Major Harris sings with William (Poogie) Hart's group the Delfonics.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulpuss (24.102.217.36) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 08:44 am:

Bobby Eli: What is Terry Collins up to these days. I consider him to be one of the most soulfully powerful singer of alltime. "The show must go on" and "Oh so lonely" gives me the shivers. The intro to the former reminds me of the sound tracks to a Bible epic like the Ten Commandments or Ben Hur. Herculean is the right word.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.207.183) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 10:49 am:

THANKS SIS: I MAY EVEN HEAR FROM LENNY SINCE HE HAS MY NUMBER AND SAID THAT THEY MAY BE STOPPING IN LA!!!...SQUIRELL WAS INDEED SQUIRELL TO ALL...BUT WE WERE MUCH YOUNGER...AND I MET HIM AS LARRY!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1wicked (64.32.154.94) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:05 pm:

RD.....Major Harris will often do a short solo segment featuring LWLMW while actually on the bill with the Delfonics.

Sis....David Ruffin, Jr. performs with one of the groups. (And...I miss Wee Gee too. His solo album was one of my favorites.)

Eli....I'd like to know more about the WMOT deal. Who were the main players (on the suits side) and how many acts were actually signed ?

Thanks

Top of pageBottom of page   By Daie Gordon (193.122.21.26) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 01:59 pm:

Mark,

Re Major Harris and the Jarmels - he doesn't show up in their lineup for "Soap" and as far I know
never recorded with them. Maybe he was in a later
version of the group after they'd been dropped by
their label (Laurie)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.41.123) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 02:07 pm:

Eli here.
Let me clarify and answer some things here.
David Ruffin jr. does NOT sing with the Delfonics. His name is Garfield Flemming and is no way related to David.

Wmot were Alan Rubens and Steve Bernstein aand earlier on Bruce Gable.
It stood for we men of talent.
It seeds were sown in 1972 when they met Ted Mills and the Topics and the Shades of Love and united Ted and the Shades to form Blue Magic.
On the Ted "Wizard" Mills thread I explain in detail how this was done.
Alan sold shoes, Steve, used cars and Bruce, light bulbs.
They were old friends who wanted to get in the biz
and recorded Blue Magic on "spec" and soon secured a deal with Atlantic via the late Harry Chipetzof Sigmaa Sound who had many industry connections and it snowbaled from there.
When Spell started to ignite we immediately started production on the "Blue Album"
The day that Sideshow was to be recorded which was on a Sunday, Ronnie Baker was nowhere to be found so we rescheduled it for later in the week,I think it was on that Tuesday.
The second single was Stop to Start and Sideshow was the third one and timed just right with the group already a hot property.
WMOT was originally a production company located at 1307 Vine st. in Philly. I had an office on the third floor when things got under way.
Norman Harris and myself ewere the primary producers with Ron Kersey coming aboard later on.

After Blue Magic they got a short lived deal with Chess and out of that came my production with Free Spirit and the group Schuylkill Expressway with Darrell Grant.
Next came T.U.M.E. a band from L.A. whom Alan met
at The Total Experience club while opening for Blue Magic and we got a deal for them with MGM and I went out to L.A. with Sigma engineer Carl Paruolo and I produced them at Sound Lab studios.
During that time Sideshow was certified gold and we all celebrated there as Blue Magic was in town for some TV shows.

When I returned to Philly is when I auditioned Major as I had explained earlier in this thread.
At this time we began work on the second Blue Magic album.
During this we also started the first Major album.
Next was Impact fronted by Damon Harris.
They were originally the Young Vandals on T-Neck prior to Damon's stint as a Tempt.
When he came home he reformed the group and signed on with us and it was one of the most memorble production experiences of my life.
Recording them was just like recording the Tempts with candlelight everywhere!!

Next came an un-released Lola Falana album produced mostly by myself and several by Ron Kersey. She is a dynamite dancer!!!

Next and during came Fat Larrys Band, Slick, Philly Cream and Brandi Wells.
The WMOT label was then formed but the close family-like atmosphere was not was it used to be.
The company went to CBS as a P&D deal and then moved to 13th and Spruce when they joined forces with TEC as they had the funds and WMOT had the distribution. Nick Martinelli became a staff producer and some undesirable people became involved. Read the books "Doctor Snow" and "Doctor, Dealer" if you can find them and it is all there in black and WHITE!!
The last hit to be had was Double Dutch Bus by Frankie Smith which was a giant hit.
To this day Frankie has not received one single dime in royalties!!!
Steve Bernstein went on to form the Omni label, their biggest record being Closer Than close by Jean Carne.

So there yo have it...A brief history of a company that had all the earmarks of becoming a giant..... but.......

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.41.123) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 02:08 pm:

Major was never a Jarmel or a Bunjee jumper for that matter!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 02:35 pm:

Whatever Major Harris sang, he didn't sing it like he sang "Love Won't Let Me Wait." I played that 45 until the grooves faded. (LOL)

Great job Eli!!

Thanks Vonnie.

Iwicked - I do know that Garfield Flemmings, who wears glasses, sings with the Delfonics. He is sometimes introduced as David's brother or something like that.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.78.142) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 03:24 pm:

IWicked, I go see the Delphonics every time they venture into my neck of woods and the only solo Major Harris performs is LWLMW during the Delfonics' set; hardly reason for a separate billing.

This may be do to time constraints. There are usually four or five groups on the show. Maybe, if a group doesn't show they extend Major's solo time but this hasn't happened at the shows I attended.

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1wicked (64.32.154.94) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 06:44 pm:

Eli & Sis..thanks for the correction regarding D.R., Jr......I guess I got bad info, but this guy seems to be trying to perpetuate it (introducing himself as he does, etc.)....or maybe he's just trying to perpetrate. (LOL)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Mark Speck (65.57.16.50) on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 12:35 am:

Hmmm...I read somewhere that Major sang with the Jarmels, who the Delfonics idolized, and then sang with the Nat Turner Rebellion (another Philly Groove act).

The Jarmels' portion is probably misinformation, who knows, but is the other portion true (about the Nat Turner Rebellion)?

Best,

Mark

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.40.240) on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 12:59 am:

Yes, Major was in Nat Turners Rebellion and samg the lead on the song Ruby Lee among others.
He is from Richmond Va., as was the group and first came to Philly along with Joe "Nat Turner" Jefferson to join the Philly Groove company.

He was not a Jarmel, ever. The only connection is that they are all from Richmond Virginia.
Garfield Flemming is tall, skinny and wears glasses,but is not connected in any way to D.R.

Sis D., thanks for the nice compliment on my song.
Being appreciated, to me is worth its weight in gold!

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (65.208.234.61) on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 07:09 am:

Kent Records out of the UK released a couple of CD compilations, "Deep In The Philly Groove" and "Deeper In The Philly Groove" that featured a number of that label's artists. The Nat Turner Rebellion, Mary Holmes, David Lasley, Finishing Touch and Ben Aiken as well as the label's two top acts, The Delfonics and First Choice. "Deep In The Philly Groove" even has an extended version of "La La Means I Love You" that runs about 3:50 as well as "Can't Go On Living" by The Nat Turner Rebellion with Major Harris on lead vocal. "Can't Go On Living" later surfaced on The Delfonics' final Philly Groove LP, "Alive And Kicking". The track is sped up and I believe Major might have recut his lead vocal. I'm not even sure if William and Wilbert were present on the track. Also, First Choice's two Warner Bros. singles, "Gotta Get Away (From You Bay") and "Let Him Go" are on "Deeper In The Philly Groove" as well as "Gonna Keep On Lovin' Him", the non-album B-side of "Armed And Extremely Dangerous".

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.39.187) on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 01:47 pm:

Mike, I will go out and try to pick them up>

Eli

Also, in 1975 at the height of LWLMW I conduced for Major at the Valley Forge Music Fair where Major opened for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
When he sang that song the panties and bras started to fly and it seemed as though the entire audience had one massive orgasm!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By stillsoulin (213.122.147.212) on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 02:04 pm:

garfield flemming, would this be the same guy who recorded "please dont send me away" on Becket records out of new york 1981. if so, top tune and a great voice.
rob.

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (12.84.117.35) on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 04:37 pm:

Bobby, do you remember the actual session date or dates for "Love Won't Let Me Wait"? Also, I loved the Major Harris "Jealousy" LP. "Talking To Myself", "I Got Over Love", "Jealousy" and "What's The Use In The Truth" are my favorites. I used to listen to that album with the lights low. Sure wish it was on CD, along with the "My Way" album.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 05:38 pm:

StuBass - The Dramatics are in Vegas for the show tomorrow. Martha Reeves will be on that show.

They have also been invited to a private screening of SITSOM, with special guests. I believe that's tonight. I'll find out later who was at the screening.

(I posted on this thread because we talked about the Drams earlier over here.)

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (206.135.204.2) on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 05:47 pm:

THANKS SIS: I DID TELL LENNY ABOUT "SITSOM" AND HE WAS TOTALLY UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PROJECT...SO I'M GLAD HE'LL GET A CHANCE TO SEE IT!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (206.135.204.2) on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 05:47 pm:

THANKS SIS: I DID TELL LENNY ABOUT "SITSOM" AND HE WAS TOTALLY UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PROJECT...SO I'M GLAD HE'LL GET A CHANCE TO SEE IT!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.38.132) on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 07:55 pm:

Mike,
The actual date of the session escapes me at this time but it was in early winter before my birthday, I believe in February and I was in the studio on my birthday where I was presented a cake by WMOT.
You really are a true fan and should be in the biz with your knowledge.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Brendeeva (205.188.209.38) on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 01:58 am:

Hello Soulful Detroiters,

I was just going over some of the posts and became quite interested in what was being said about the Two Groups of Delphonics. Major is definitely a fill-in. Pooghie Hart's Delfonics are Garfield Flemming, John (JJ) Johnson and of course William Pooghie Hart. Pooghie also has another group of Delfonics that he uses, They are Dcotor Love, Major Harris and the other guy's name escapes me for the moment but hopefully it will come to me, and its not Wilbert Hart. Major is generally not on stage with them when Pooghie, JJ and Garfield are all present. What they do then is He sings that WONDERFUL Love Won't Let Me Wait. He gives it is all but unfortunately, he's some a little tipsy when he does it but I still love it and him, he has one of the baddest stolls you'll ever want to see, he' almost Regal.

Now for this Garfield being David Ruffin's Brother, Pooghie introduces him that way and of course he goes along with it. We all know who David's Brother was. There is a slight resemblance with the glasses and stature but that's about it. He is kinda easy on the eyes. I guess he does it to add a little spice to his delfonics. Pooghie actually has two groups of Delfonics that travel with The many line ups of The 70's Soul Jam. Whew, That was a mouthful.

BTW I Just LOVE Blue Magic!!!!

Brendeeva

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.33.132) on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 05:59 am:

Brendeeva, it depends on where u live and the promoter in that area as to what group of Delfonics or Delphonics you get. In the Midwest we usually get William Hart, Major Harris and Randy Cain up until about a year ago. It's possible that Cain has stop touring with them since I haven't seen them live for about a year.

Major is usually billed separately, but was not the last time, however, the only solo he sings is "Love Wont Let Me Wait" and always during the Delfonic's segment. Now in Philly, New York or his hometown Richmond, Va he may do more.

They always come as part of a oldies concert that is always headlined by the Stylistics. The show includes groups like the Dramatics, the Dells, Main Ingredient, etc. The Delfonics are always either the opening act or the second act.

Wilbert Hart has a group too but I've never seen them. (I've also never saw William Hart perform with anybody other than Harris and Cain and didn't know about his second group but I don't doubt it for a minute.) Wilbert Hart's group released a CD a little while ago. Everybody I know who have seen both groups say Wilbert Hart's Delphonics are better live, mainly because he surrounds himself with two younger singers who voices are burnt out. Poogie's lead isn't what it use to be.

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1wicked (64.32.154.94) on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 01:11 pm:

Brendeeva, this JJ is referred to as David Ruffin, Jr. (not a brother). So...is there a (real) David Ruffin, Jr. somewhere in the business ??? Someone using that name has posted to another forum I was a member of & "seemed" quite legit...and now a "David Ruffin, Jr." is featured in an upcoming "Mama" play here in Los Angeles and the radio ads are hyping him as the son of Temptation great David Ruffin. Same guy ?

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 03:06 pm:

1wicked - Yes, there is a real David Ruffin, Jr. He is a vocalist and has released a couple cds. He has a yahoo fan club, and a web site. David Ruffin Jr. was not by David's wife, and is half brother to David's three daughters.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 03:07 pm:

David Ruffin was married twice, but not to David Jr.'s mother.

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1wicked (64.32.154.94) on Monday, February 17, 2003 - 10:55 pm:

Thanks for clarifying matters Sis !! You're all that & a bag of ch...err..uhh...I mean all that & a Gucci bag of love songs !!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Brendeeva (205.188.209.38) on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - 12:38 am:

Hey Iwicked, its not JJ who Pooghie calls David Ruffin's brother, its Garfield Flemming. And probably because he wears those big rim eyes glasses like King David and is similar in stature, and if you look really cocked-eye-ed some say there is a resemblemce, but I don't really see it. LOL.


Hey RD, that tour that you refer to is The 70's Soul Jam. They interchange groups depending on the different cities and coasts. As for Randy Cain, I think he's kinda hung it up for the time being. To my knowledge he's not singing with either of the many Delfonics Groups.

I've traveled from the East Coast to The West Coast with The Jam and it features The Persuaders (no originals), The Intruders (no originals), The Delfonics (Pooghie's groups), The Chi-Lites, The Dramatics and The Stylistics. I don't recall ever seeing The Dells with them. The Dramatics have kinda left The Jam however, they do some dates with them probably because the promoters add them because of demand. You can order The 70's Soul Jam tapes that were featured on Public Television as part of their fund raiser. They have their own website. And it does have Major Harris doing his Love Won't Let Me Wait (Solo).

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (63.188.32.67) on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - 07:40 am:

Brendeeva, I rarely miss a show. And yes I've seen the Dells in the lineup (many times)as well as the Impressions once (about three years ago). While the other groups hung out at an after party the Impressions had no time for it and drove immediately back home to Chattanooga. I've also witnessed Cuba Gooding & Main Ingredient and the Bluenotes on these shows.

The Dells got off the jam to do a series of Old School Concert shows with Ray, Goodman & Brown and Enchantment. I don't pay much attention to the names given to concerts so it's possible when I saw the Dells with the typical '70s Jams lineup it was called something else.

Sorry to hear about Randy Cain, he had become the focal point or spokesman of the group. The Delfonics were not on the jam as much as other groups. And as the opening or second act they only had time to sing a few songs, which includes' Harris' LWLMW.

Here's a link to a review of a '70s soul jam concert where the reviewer states that Major Harris sings LWLMW as part of the Delfonics' set:
http://www.newsreview.com/issues/chico/2002-05-30/review.asp

The Dramatics sang with the "Jam" as recently as a month ago and is on tour with them now. The show consists of the Stylistics, the Dramatics, The Chi-lites, the Intruders and the Persuaders.

review of soul jam concert in Hawaii:

http://starbulletin.com/2002/07/24/features/story2.html

The Dramatics got off the jam for a while and did a tour with the O'Jays and Dennis Edwards' Temptations last year. However, they are one of the jams' staple acts along with the Chi-lites and headliners the Stylistics.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - 09:27 am:

RD - You are correct, the Drams have been on shows with The Dells, and Impressions, Main Ingredients, RGB, Enchantment, etc.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Brendeeva (64.12.97.7) on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - 12:03 pm:

Thanx RD & Sis, The Dramatics did indeed leave The Jam to do Tom Joyner's Classic Soul Tour that featured The Temptations Revue and The Ojays last year but, I don't think they are actually back as a solid part of The 70's Soul Jam at least right now.

I see where they will be with The Dells in Buffalo in March along with Enchantment. They have so many variations of The 70's Soul Jam and I LOVE seeing all of them. They will be in Baltimore from what I hear in May but right now, I don't think The Dramatics will be with them.

I'd love to see The Impressisons, I do know they do part of the Jam when they tour some of the Southern States but they haven't been with them here. They were part of that Public Television show.

Speaking of The Dells, they were here Friday night with The Temptations, from what I hear they tore it up!!!!! it was featured as a "Battle of The Legends" From what I hear The Dells won. The show also featured Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, The Softones and another local group.

BTW, speaking of the Public Television show, who is that guy who sings lead now with The Miracles, he is AWESOME!!!!


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