Grammy-winning Delfonics singer William 'Poogie' Hart dies at 77

William "Poogie" Hart, in addition to writing the classic "Sound of Philadelphia" ballads "La-La 

(Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time),

Was also a founding member of the Grammy-winning trio the Delfonics. He was 77 years old.

Hadi Hart told The New York Times Wednesday that Hart died at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia on July 14. 

A surgical complication caused the death. In the late 1960s and early 1970s,

The Delfonics had six top 40 pop hits and more than a dozen top 20 R&B hits. Thom Bell provided the rich orchestral 

arrangements and layered harmonies that made Philadelphia soul as essential to the '70s as Detroit's Motown label had been the decade before.

In addition to "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)," the Delfonics also recorded

Break Your Promise, as part of a wave of Philadelphia vocal groups such as the Spinners and

The O'Jays. Even after they stopped having hits, their songs remained popular.

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