Major Harris, Former Delfonics Singer, Dies at 65

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Major Harris, a former member of the soul group the Delfonics and the singer of the 1975 hit “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” died here on Friday. He was 65.

The cause was congestive heart and lung failure, his sister, Catherine Thomas, said.

Mr. Harris sang with several groups in the 1960s, including the Charmers, the Jarmels and Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers.

In the early 1970s he replaced Randy Cain in the Delfonics, whose hits “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” had helped define the so-called Philadelphia sound.

Mr. Harris left the group in 1974 to pursue a solo career. He recorded a string of rhythm-and-blues singles, most notably “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Mr. Harris was born in Richmond on Feb. 9, 1947, and grew up in a musical family. Ms. Thomas said that his father was a guitarist and his mother led a church choir.

She said he last performed in 2011 at a reunion show with other members of the Delfonics.

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