Randy Cain left the group in 1971, and in 1973 had a hand in formulating Blue Magic, best known for their classic "Sideshow," when he brought singer-songwriter Ted Mills in to do some writing for W.M.O.T. (We Men Of Talent), and the remaining future members of Blue Magic came in for an audition. Cain was replaced by Major Harris; by then, however, Thom Bell had moved on to produce The Stylistics and later, The Spinners, all artists in the mold of the Delfonics. The Delfonics swiftly produced another album, Alive and Kicking, produced by Stan Watson. However, in the absence of Thom Bell, the Delfonics' career declined sharply, and with the exception of the aforementioned "Hey Love" and the minor hits "When You Get Right Down to It", "I Don't Want To Make You Wait" and "I Told You So", success eluded them after 1975. ("(For The Love) I Gave To You", although popular, was never released as a single.) Most of their songs at this point were written by lead singer William Hart.
The group split around 1975- one group featured Major and Wilbert, with new member Frank Washington, formerly of the Futures. (Major Harris also had major success with the solo recording "Love Won't Let Me Wait".) The other group featured William with new members. Lineups would become confusing as members shifted between groups and multiple groups toured. Major Harris moved to William's group around 1980, with their third member being the returning Randy Cain. Frank Washington also switched from Wilbert's group, joining in 1985.
While the main recording lineup of the group was William Hart, Major Harris, and Frank Washington, they would tour as two separate trios with additional members added. One group was William, Randy Cain, and Garfield Fleming, and the other was Frank, Major, and Freddie Ingleton. William also toured with another two members, Johnny ("JJ") Johnson and Pat Palmer, and toured in Japan at least one time with Ingleton and Dr. Sallam Love.
Through the '80s and the '90s, the Delfonics groups continued to perform. The William Hart/Major Harris/Frank Washington group made several recordings, including backing vocals on the track "After the Smoke has Cleared", on the 1996 hip hop album Iron Man by Ghostface Killah. Their works continued to be sampled. Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. sampled "Hey Love" in his song "Playa Hata", released in 1996, and that same year rapper Nas sampled their "Walk Right Up To the Sun" for his hit "If I Ruled the World." Rapper Missy Elliott sampled "Ready Or Not Here I Come" in her hit "Sock it 2 Me." Eazy-E, Gang Starr, and Ed OG have sampled "Trying To Make a Fool of Me."
The groups reorganized in the late 1990s. William Hart started touring with Johnny Johnson and Garfield Fleming; this group recorded as the Delfonics. Major Harris toured with Frank Washington and Pat Palmer. Wilbert also led a Delfonics group; members in the 1990s included Dr. Sallam Love (formerly in William's group) and Eban Brown (falsetto).
The William/Johnny/Garfield lineup of the group was featured in concert on the DVD's "The Big Show" and "'70's Soul Jam," whereas Wilbert Hart's group is featured on the DVD "Old School Soul Party Live!", which was part of the PBS My Music series. Harris is also featured on the recently re-released DVD Blue Magic/Margie Joseph/Major Harris Live!, which was recorded in 1975.
Wilbert also has a group, sometimes called "The Delphonics", "The New Delfonics" or simply billed as "Wilbert Hart". Eban Brown went on to become the lead singer of The Stylistics. Wilbert released a CD in 2005, Fonic Zone
US Hot 100
|"He Don't Really Love You" (1966)||—||—||—|
|"You've Been Untrue" (1967)||—||—||—|
|"La-La (Means I Love You)" (1968)||#4||#19||#2|
|"I'm Sorry" (1968)||#42||—||#15|
|"Break Your Promise" (1968)||#35||—||#12|
|"Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" (1969)||#35||#41||#14|
|b/w "Somebody Loves You" (b-side) (1969)||#72||—||#41|
|"Funny Feeling" (1969)||#94||—||#48|
|"You Got Yours and I'll Get Mine" (1969)||#40||—||#6|
|"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" (1970)||#10||#22||#3|
|"Trying To Make a Fool of Me" (1970)||#40||—||#8|
|"Over and Over" (1971)||#58||—||#9|
|"Hey Love" (1971)||#52||—||#17|
|"Walk Right Up To the Sun" (1971)||#81||—||#13|
|"When You Get Right Down to It"||#53||—||#12|
|"Tell Me This Is a Dream" * (1972)||#86||—||#15|
|"Think It Over" * (1969)||—||—||#47|
|"I Don't Want To Make You Wait" (1973)||#91||—||#22|
|"I Told You So" (1973)||—||—||#26|
|"Lying To Myself" (1974)||—||—||#60|
*both the b-sides of "I'm a Man"