Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

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"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
Single by The Delfonics
from the album The Delfonics
B-side "Down is Up, Up is Down"
Released December 1969
Format 7" single
Recorded November 1969
Genre Soul, pop
Length 3:20
Label Philly Groove
Writer(s) Thom Bell, William Hart
Producer(s) Thom Bell
Certification Gold
The Delfonics singles chronology
"You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine"
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"
"Trying to Make a Fool of Me"

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" is a 1969 single by The Delfonics, produced by Thom Bell and released on the Philly Groove record label. The recording is considered one of the most notable early Philly soul singles and is regarded as a classic, winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. Typical of the genre, "Didn't I" is a slow love ballad, with layered strings, horns, and chromatic production. Among The Delfonics' signature songs, "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" was a #3 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart, #10 on the Billboard pop chart in 1970, and #22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971.

The song has been extensively covered since 1970, with versions by Aretha Franklin (from "Young, Gifted and Black" in 1971), brothers David and Jimmy Ruffin, Regina Belle, Jackie Jackson, Millie Jackson, The Trammps, Maxine Nightingale and Patti LaBelle. The song was also featured as a song that actually drives the plot in the motion picture Jackie Brown (Max hears the LP vinyl version for the first time at Jackie's house and they talk about the Delfonics as he gets to know her, then later he buys the cassette version) and was included in its soundtrack. Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren covered this song in Episode 40 of Live From Daryl's House.

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album New Kids on the Block
Released August 11, 1989
Format CD single
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop
Length 4:27
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Hangin' Tough"
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"
"Cover Girl"

New Kids on the Block cover[edit]

A pop version by New Kids on the Block was featured on the group's 1986 self-titled debut album. The song was later released as a stand-alone single during the group's Hangin' Tough era in an attempt to heighten the profile of the album it was from. Their cover of the song, slightly re-titled "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)", peaked at number eight on both the US and UK pop charts; in the US, in October 1989; in the UK, a year later in October 1990 as a double A-side with "Let's Try It Again".

Track listing[edit]

Europe 12" vinyl[1]

  • A "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" – 4:24
  • B "New Kids on the Block" – 3:20

Charts (New Kids on the Block version)[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 34
U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 12