How did William Hart die? The Delfonics singer, 77, put Philadelphia on map with purest falsettos

William Hart co-founded The Delfonics (earlier known as the Orphonics) in the late '60s with Randy Cain, Ritchie Daniels, and Thom Bell and ended up influencing Philadelphia sound, known as T.S.O.P.


                            How did William Hart die? The Delfonics singer, 77, put Philadelphia on map with purest falsettos
The Delfonics founder William Hart died at the age of 77 (Photos by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images/[email protected]_official_delfonics)
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Singer and songwriter William Hart, who was best known as the co-founding member of R&B/soul group, The Delfonics, died on Thursday, July 14. He was 77. The iconic crooner’s death was confirmed by his brother co-founding bandmate Wilbert Hart on Facebook. William Hart was fondly called “Poogie” by his close ones.
 
The news of William Hart’s death comes months after Iconic 'Blade Runner' composer Vangelis died in May 2022 at the age of 79. Meat Loaf is another musician who left us for the humble abode in January 2022 at the age of 74. The ‘Bat Out of Hell' singer wore an oxygen mask since 1967. King of Rockabilly Ronnie Hawkins died at the age of 87 in May 2022 whereas, Grammy-winning country vocalist Naomi Judd died due to mental illness in April 2022. She was 76.
 
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How did William Hart die?

William Hart co-founded The Delfonics (earlier known as the Orphonics) in the late '60s with Randy Cain, Ritchie Daniels, and Thom Bell and ended up influencing Philadelphia sound, known as T.S.O.P. Speaking of William Hart’s death, his son Hadi told TMZ that the singer was having trouble breathing and thus, he was taken to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where he breathed his last. He died due to complications during surgery.
 
William “Poogie” Hart carved a niche for himself for purest falsettos which were loved by one and all in songs like ‘I’m Sorry’, and ‘Break Your Promise’, ‘La-La (Means I Love You)’, ‘Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)’ and ‘Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)’. The Grammy-winning lead singer co-wrote most of the group’s biggest hits which later became iconic for their melodic tunes while maintaining a modern edge. The songs namely 'Didn't I' and 'La-La' were also featured in Quentin Tarantino's film ‘Jackie Brown’. Spike Lee's "Crooklyn’ and ‘The Family Man’ with Nicolas Cage are some of the other movies that made the music of The Delfonics popular. The group’s single ‘Funny Feeling’ was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the fictional radio station The Lowdown 91.1. The original band split in 1975 after they achieved twelve top-20 hits on Billboard's R&B and Soul Single Chart.  

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‘A falsetto icon who helped put Philly Soul on the map’

Social media users thronged to Twitter to pay their final tributes to the iconic crooner. “R.I.P. William Hart, lead singer of the Delfonics. A falsetto icon who helped put Philly Soul on the map”, said one user as another chimed in, “Ugh….I love the Delfonics and William Hart’s voice. The music world lost a true treasure.” One user tweeted, “William Hart, lead singer, and The Delfonics gave the world lyrics and music on a level we will not hear again! “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time”! Yes they did! Rest easy WH! God bless!” And, another posted, “Sometimes it’s more about the feeling than the perfection. RIP to William Hart of The Delfonics.”
 
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The next one shared, “Wherever life finds you today, bump Delfonics' tunes in memoriam to their late lyricist & lead vocalist William Hart. It's a dark occasion in Philly & DC.” Meanwhile, an individual concluded, “William Hart, Lead Singer of The Delfonics, Dead at 77.  Omg. I remembered him & he's a lead #1 singer as well, I usually listened to The Delfonics all the time & so does my family as well. #rip, my brother!! You'll be joined up in heaven with Randy Cain & Major Harris.”

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