home arrow NATION AND THE WORLD arrow Harris of ‘Philly sound,’ 65

AP World News Video



Login Form






Lost Password?
No account yet? Register
DIGITAL EDITION
Harris of ‘Philly sound,’ 65 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM   
Thursday, 15 November 2012

major-harris_wb_copy.jpgRICHMOND, Va. – Major Harris, a former member of the “Philadelphia sound” soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit Love Won’t Let Me Wait has died in Richmond. He was 65.

His sister, Catherine Thomas, told The Asso-ciated Press that Harris passed away Friday morning from congestive heart and lung failure after being rushed to a hospital.

The Richmond native was born Feb. 9, 1947, and grew up in a musical family. His father was a guitarist and his mother led the church choir, Thomas said.
In his teens, Harris was tall for his age and was able to get into clubs to watch musicians perform, she said.

“He always appeared to be older, which gave him a lot of ins to a lot of older places,” Thomas joked.

She said he didn't drink in the clubs back then, but he was pursuing his career. Music, she said, “was his life.”

Harris made the rounds with several music groups in the 1960s, including the Charmers, Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers and Nat Turner’s Rebellion.
He then joined the Delfonics in the early 1970s, replacing Randy Cain in the group known for their hits La-La (Means I Love You) and Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).

Harris left the group in 1974 to pursue a solo career. He recorded a string of R&B singles, including Love Won't Let Me Wait, which peaked at No. 5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified as a gold record by the Recording Industry Asso-ciation of America. The song was covered by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams in 1994 and again by Luther Vandross on his 1988 album Any Love.

Harris last performed in 2011 at a reunion show with some of the members of the Delfonics, Thomas said.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.

busy
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 November 2012 )
 
< Prev   Next >
 
Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone featureMicrosoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature
NEW YORK — Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices last Wednesday as it seeks to gain tra...
Read more...
Google Glass, good for cooking, needs InternetGoogle Glass, good for cooking, needs Internet
NEW YORK — Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while...
Read more...
FTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumersFTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badl...
Read more...
‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded ‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded
A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, Rio 2 is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set ...
Read more...

The most influential African American weekly newspaper in South Florida

Beatty Media LLC