THE DELFONICS’ WIL HART PRESENTED WITH LONG-AWAITED GRAMMY AWARD
In 1970, “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind (This Time)”, one of the biggest hits performed by Philly Groove guy group The Delfonics, earned a Grammy Award for best R&B performance by a Duo or Group. In a year when nominees also included The Four Tops and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, this was no small feat.
At the time of the 1971 awards ceremony, only one of the iconic gramophone statuettes was produced, and was awarded to Philly Groove label head, Stan Watson. Forty-three years later, Reservoir became aware of the situation that had left Delfonics members without a relic of their historic win, when Wil Hart and Reservoir SVP of Creative & Business Development, Faith Newman, connected at the offices of NARAS’ Philadelphia chapter for their interview with 215 magazine. Newman and Mark Schulz of NARAS quickly worked together to get a duplicate statue for the Harts; all in all, it was only a matter of weeks before they were able to obtain a copy of the Grammy statuette to commemorate the band’s win.