Soul Serenade

The DelfonicsThe other day I was listening to my favorite radio show, Ron & Fez, on satellite radio. The discussion turned to Quentin Tarantino’s film music. As one example after another was played, I realized that as unlikely as it may seem, Tarantino has actually surpassed the great Martin Scorcese when it comes to the use of music in his films.

Of course no one had to tell me about the greatness of Philadelphia’s Delfonics. They’ve always been one of my favorite vocal groups, and the epitome of the Philly Soul music that I love so much. Just thinking of great hits like “La-La (Means I Love You),” “Break Your Promise,” “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love), and of course the immortal “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” instantly transports me to another place in time, when things seemed just a little simpler. All of these songs were written by the legendary producer Thom Bell, along with the Delfonics lead vocalist and founder William Hart.

“Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” was released on Bell Records in 1970, and is considered a Philly Soul classic. It reached #3 on the R&B chart, and #10 on the Pop Chart. The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. The song has been covered by a host of performers, including Aretha Franklin, Regina Belle, Jackie Jackson, Millie Jackson, the Trampps, Maxine Nightingale, and Patti LaBelle. The New Kids on the Block cover reached #8 on the Pop Chart in 1986, and of course the song was featured on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown.