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During 1967, prior to the recording (and tremendous breakout success) of the hit single “La-La (Means I Love You),” the classic Delfonics lineup of William ‘Poogie’ Hart (lead singer), Wilbert Hart, and Randy Cain were busily performing throughout the Philadelphia area, including appearances at the now-defunct Nixon Theatre on S. 52nd Street. The performances of numerous R&B recording artists, including The Delfonics, at this theater were organized and MC’d by popular WDAS radio DJ/program director and co-founder of Arctic Records, Jimmy Bishop.
Due to the popularity of these shows, 1967 also saw the release of a vinyl LP on Meka Records, entitled “Jimmy Bishop On Stage Live at the Nixon Theatre.” This album, now quite difficult to come by and regarded as a collectors item in the record collecting community, featured two songs sung by the The Delfonics (credited on the LP as the “Delphonics”) at the Nixon – “Alfie” (initially written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and subsequently recorded by The Delfonics and released in the summer of 1968 on Philly Groove Records as the flip of “Break Your Promise”) and “He Don’t Really Love You” (written by William Hart and first released by The Delfonics in August 1966 on the tiny Moon Shot label, with the group credited as “The Del Fonics.”) Another song The Delfonics performed at the Nixon (but not released on the 1967 Meka LP) was the William Hart-penned “You’ve Been Untrue,” which was first released by the group in April 1967 on Cameo-Parkway Records.
Below, please enjoy streaming audio clips of two of these live 1967 Delfonics performances at The Nixon:
“Alfie” by Delfonics (live at Nixon Theatre):