Sadly, the R&B music world lost a legend this week.
According to TMZ, The Delfonics’ lead singer, William Hart, has died, according to close family. The Grammy-award-winning singer had a short stint in the hospital after reportedly suffering breathing problems.
The situation eventually evolved to requiring surgery, and complications from the surgery is what ultimately ended Hart’s life.
His group was influential in shaping the Philadelphia sound known as T.S.O.P.
Hart, along with group member Thom Bell, wrote a number of hit songs that became staples in the genre throughout the late 1960s and beyond.
They penned 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).”
TMZ added: “The original band split in 1975 after achieving twelve top-20 hits on Billboard’s R&B and Soul Single Chart. Former members created splinter groups that continued to perform through the ’90s and 2000s.”
Two of the groups’ songs, “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)” and “Funny Feeling”, made it into the soundtrack of the worldwide popular video game called “Grand Theft Auto V.”
Given his legacy and influence on the Philly soul scene, Hart was widely recognized on social media upon the news of his passing.
R.I.P. William Hart, lead singer of the Delfonics. A falsetto icon who helped put Philly Soul on the map. pic.twitter.com/qHOjO9yQga
— O.J. Spivey (@OJPhilly) July 15, 2022
William Hart, a member of the legendary Delfonics passed away. My condolences to Mr. Hart’s family, friends and loved ones. Rest in power Mr. Hart! The Delfonics music will live on to infinity.
— The Prophet (@ccmmanagement2) July 16, 2022
Hart’s legacy will clearly live on forever, especially in Philadelphia.