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Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

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"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
side-A label
One of side-A labels of the UK single (solid centre pictured)
Single by the Delfonics
from the album The Delfonics
B-side"Down Is Up, Up Is Down"
ReleasedDecember 1969
RecordedNovember 1969
LabelPhilly Groove
Songwriter(s)Thom Bell, William Hart
Producer(s)Thom Bell
The Delfonics singles chronology
"You Got Yours and I'll Get Mine"
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
"Trying to Make a Fool of Me"

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" is a song by American soul group the Delfonics, co-written by producer Thom Bell and lead singer William Hart. It was released as a single in 1969 on the Philly Groove record label and appeared on their self-titled third album the following year. The song reached number three on the Billboard R&B chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.[3] Overseas, the song peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart in and number 81 in Australia.[4][5] The Delfonics won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for the song in 1971.

A prominent example of the Philadelphia soul style, "Didn't I" is a slow ballad, with layered strings and horns and highly chromatic harmony.

New Kids on the Block cover[edit]

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album New Kids on the Block
ReleasedAugust 11, 1989
Songwriter(s)Thom Bell, William Hart
Producer(s)Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Stop It Girl"
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"
"Please Don't Go Girl"

A version by boy band New Kids on the Block, slightly re-titled "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)", was featured on the group's 1986 self-titled debut album. Their version was later released as a single in 1989 in an attempt to boost sales of its parent album in light of the group's subsequent success. The single peaked at number eight on both the US and UK pop charts, peaking in November 1989 in the US and in October of the following year in the UK (as a double A-side alongside "Let's Try It Again").

Track listing[edit]

Europe 12" vinyl[6]

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


Weekly charts[edit]

New Kids on the Block
Chart (1989) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 34
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[15] 12
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[16] 7
Chart (1990) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 6
UK Singles (OCC)[18] 8

Other covers[edit]

The song has been extensively covered since 1970, by artists included Aretha Franklin (from Young, Gifted and Black in 1971), brothers David and Jimmy Ruffin, Spinners (from Can't Shake This Feeling in 1981), Lisa Fischer, Regina Belle, Jackie Jackson, the Trammps, Maxine Nightingale and Patti LaBelle.

Millie Jackson's version peaked number 49 in the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in March 1980.[19]

Philadelphia-era natives Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren covered the song on Episode 40 of Live From Daryl's House.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 11, 2021). "The Number Ones: New Kids On The Block's "Hangin' Tough". Stereogum. Retrieved December 1, 2023. ...the Delfonics' Philly soul classic "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"...
  2. ^ Billboard Staff (October 19, 2023). "The 500 Best Pop Songs: Staff List". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2024. ...an era of impossibly pretty R&B records in the early 1970s, including The Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" and The Stylistics' "Betcha By Golly Wow
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 153.
  4. ^ a b "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1971-10-04. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 87. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "New Kids On The Block - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) / New Kids On The Block (Rap)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1970-03-28. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 3/21/70". Cashboxmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2 March 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970 | Music Outfitters". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1970". Tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6642." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Nkotb". Gghunt.utasites.cloud. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  18. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1990-10-13. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  19. ^ "Millie Jackson - Chart history". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 28, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-28.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Billboard.com.

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