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The Delfonics – In Session 1972 – Nights At The Roundtable: Session Edition

 

 

The Delfonics - Backbone of Popular Music, re-emerging as the conscience of Hip-Hop.

The Delfonics – Backbone of Popular Music, re-emerging as the conscience of Hip-Hop.

The Delfonics – in session for Soul! with Nikki Giovanni – NET-TV – April 21, 1972 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Something different this weekend – a rare appearance from the pre-PBS NET series Soul! hosted by Poet/Author Nikki Giovanni and featuring The Delfonics in a live set, as re-broadcast on April 21, 1972 (it originally aired on January 5th).

Live Soul sessions, or even concerts by prominent Soul acts are something of a rarity. TV appearances on music programs like Soul Train were primarily lip-synched, and so it was difficult to find most of these acts performing as they would be heard before an audience. Luckily, the Soul! series featured live non-lip sync acts, and even though the sound mix is a little rough, you get an idea what a remarkable group The Delfonics were during this period – and their live version of Didn’t I Blow Your Mind (This Time) is worth its weight in gold.

I hope to include more in the future – just as soon as I unearth more. The Soul! program was on the air from 1968 to 1973 and featured some of the best and most influential Black performers, writers, activists and personalities of the time. It’s not certain if any of the original video tapes have survived, but these audio tapes have and I hope to run more soon.

In the meantime, dive into 12 minutes worth of Delfonics and relax.

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