William “Poogie” Hart, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, has died at the age of 77, the Daily Caller reports.
TMZ reports that Hart’s death was revealed by his son, Hadi.
His son, Hadi, tells TMZ … William was having trouble breathing so he was recently taken to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he passed away Thursday from complications during surgery.
The specific procedure that Hart was having done has not been provided.
Who was he?
Hart was the lead singer of the R&B band called The Delfonics. Hart started the Philly-based band – originally called The Orphonics – with his brother, Wilbert, in the late 1960s. Other original band members included Ritchie Daniels, Thom Bell, and Randy Cain.
The Delfonics have been credited with having a large role in the development of T.S.O.P – The Sound of Philadelphia, which the New York Post describes as “a ‘sleek, soulful’ musical style.”
The band is known for such hits as “Ready or Not Here I Come,” “I’m Sorry,” “La-La,” and many others. All of the band’s songs were written by Hart and Bell.
The Delfonics, in 1971, won a Grammy for “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time.” You may be familiar with this song from Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, which also featured “La-La.” The Grammy was for the best R&B performance by a duo or group, focal or Instrument.
The Delfonics would break up in 1975, having achieved twelve of the top-20 hits on Billboard’s R&B and Soul Single Chart. Band members, however, would go on to form other groups.
Following the news of his passing, tributes to Hart have been flooding social media.
Low Cut Connie, the Philadelphia-based Rock and Roll band posted:
Very sad to say that William “Poogie” Hart of the Delfonics has passed. The keeper of the Philadelphia falsetto flame. We were so close to having him on Tough Cookies. Thanx a million for the amazing songs pal.
Singer Chazz Dixon wrote:
RIP. William “Poogie” Hart, the iconic voice of #TheDelfonics, has passed away. “Many guys have come to you with a line that wasn’t true and you passed them by”. “I don’t wear a Diamond ring, I don’t even know a song to sing la la means I love you”.