La La Means I Love You (album)

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La La Means I Love You
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 14, 1968
RecordedNovember, 1966–1968
GenreR&B, Philadelphia soul, soul
LabelPhilly Groove
ProducerThom Bell
The Delfonics chronology
La La Means I Love You
Sound of Sexy Soul
Singles from La La Means I Love You
  1. "La-La (Means I Love You)"
    Released: January 26, 1968
  2. "I'm Sorry"
    Released: April, 1968
  3. "Break Your Promise"
    Released: July 3, 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

La La Means I Love You is the 1968 debut album by American R&B/Soul vocal group The Delfonics, released on May 14, 1968, on the Philly Groove label. The album was produced by Thom Bell and consists of a mixture of original songs written by Bell and lead singer William Hart, and cover versions of already well-known songs.

The celebrated title track was a #4 pop hit, and "I'm Sorry" and "Break Your Promise" also charted. With its lush, smooth orchestral sound and production, La La Means I Love You is now considered a classic soul album and one of the most important and influential records in the development of the nascent Philadelphia soul sound which would come to dominate the commercial soul music market in the early and mid–1970s.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Thom Bell and William Hart unless stated otherwise.

  1. "I'm Sorry" 2:49
  2. "Break Your Promise" 3:04
  3. "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) 3:24
  4. "Hurt So Bad" (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Hart, Bobby Weinstein) 2:04
  5. "Losing You" 2:32
  6. "Alfie" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 2:49
  7. "La-La (Means I Love You)" 3:20
  8. "You're Gone" 2:37
  9. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 3:18
  10. "Can You Remember" 3:02
  11. "A Lover's Concerto" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) 2:14


  • "La-La Means I Love You" (US Pop #4, US R&B #2,[2] UK #19)
  • "I'm Sorry" (US Pop #42, US R&B #15)
  • "Break Your Promise" (US Pop #35, US R&B #12)