Philly Soul Music
The song was written by William “Poogie” Hart, lead singer of The Delfonics, and record producer Thom Bell. (Thom Bell produced The Delfonics as well as Chubby Checker, The Stylistic, and Elton John.) The song was released in December, 1969, as a single, backed with “Down Is UP, Up is Down,” It was also released on their 1970 album titled The Delfonics. The song was an international hit for The Delfonics, going to #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the U.S. R&B chart, and #22 in the U.K. It’s a great example of the Philly soul sound. It won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.
There have been numerous covers of the song. There are versions by Aretha Franklin, David and Jimmy Ruffin, Lisa Fischer, Regina Belle, Jackie Jackson, Millie Jackson The Trammps, Maxine Nightingale, Patti LaBelle, and New Kids on the Block.
Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film Jackie Brown features “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).
The Delfonics formed in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. The classic lineup was William “Poogie” Hart, Wilbert Hart, and Randy Cain. There have been membership changes over the years. The Delfonics, that is, William and Wilbert Hart and Greg Hill, continue to tour and perform.