These posts are about the songs that can accurately claim to crossed the key line of chart success, becoming Top 40 hits on Billboard, but just barely. Every song featured in this series peaked at number 40.

The Delfonics formed in Philadelphia, where the original band members met as students at Overbrook High School in the nineteen-sixties. They operated around the fringes of the music industry before coming to the attention of Stan Watson, the owner of the Philly Groove record label. The Delfonics were teamed with producer Thom Bell (who’d previously worked with them at Cameo Records) and they put out a series of hits across the second half of the decade and the first part of the seventies, all of it beginning with “La-La (Means I Love You),” which was their highest charting single, peaking at #4 on the Billboard charts. After that they had five other visits to the Top 40, one of which made it to the Top 10.

Sandwiched around that second Top 10 hit were two singles that barely qualified as Top 40 hits, each of them peaking at the magic number. The first, “You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine,” released in 1969, represented a slightly new approach for the trio, prominently featuring the vocals of Wilbert Hart intermingled with those of his brother William, instead of just turning the lead over to the latter.

There were probably greater expectations on the later single, coming as the follow up to the Top 10 charting “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).” That song was the lead single from the band’s 1970 self-titled album, their third. The follow-up was “Trying to Make a Fool of Me,” co-written, as was most of the material on the album, by William Hart and the producer, Bell. While it wasn’t as notable as its predecessor, the track did have the distinction of being the group’s final foray into the Top 40.

Previously…
“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.
“I’m in Love” by Evelyn King
“Buy Me a Rose” by Kenny Rogers
“Who’s Your Baby” by The Archies
“Me and Bobby McGee” by Jerry Lee Lewis
“Angel in Blue” by J. Geils Band
“Crazy Downtown” by Allan Sherman
“I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Rhythm of Love” by Yes
“Naturally Stoned” by the Avant-Garde
“Come See” by Major Lance
“Your Old Standby” by Mary Wells
“See the Lights” by Simple Minds
“Watch Out For Lucy” by Eric Clapton
“The Alvin Twist” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
“Love Me Tender” by Percy Sledge
“Jennifer Eccles” by the Hollies
“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Olympics
“The Bounce” by the Olympics
“Your One and Only Love” by Jackie Wilson
“Tell Her She’s Lovely” by El Chicano
“The Last Time I Made Love” by Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne
“Limbo Rock” by The Champs
“Crazy Eyes For You” by Bobby Hamilton
“Violet Hill” and “Lost+” by Coldplay
“Freight Train” by the Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group
“Sweet William” by Little Millie Small
“Live My Life” by Boy George
“Lessons Learned” by Tracy Lawrence
“So Close” by Diana Ross
“Six Feet Deep” by the Geto Boys
“You Thrill Me” by Exile
“What Now” by Gene Chandler
“Put It in a Magazine” by Sonny Charles
“Got a Love for You” by Jomanda
“Stone Cold” by Rainbow
“People in Love” by 10cc
“Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)” by the Four Tops
“Thinkin’ Problem” by David Ball

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