By Earl Heath, Contributing Writer
If you’re a soul music fan the sounds of the Delfonics would be etched in your mind. The Philadelphia based group had big hits like Grammy award winning “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind this Time),” “Break Your Promise” and “Ready or Not Here I Come Can’t Hide From Love.” Those big hits were just a few in a line of hits in the sixties and seventies.
In the nineties the Delfonics were working with two different groups around the country. Norman Carter stepped in due to an illness to co-founder William Hart and made his own mark as lead singer for the West coast version.
The Norwalk, Connecticut native could carry a tune with the best of them including the big hit “La-La (Means I Love You).” Today he performs a solo act in Southern California and the West. He still has the skills to carry the musical torch all the way to center stage. The 72 year-old does an awesome rendition of “What a Difference A Day Makes” (Diana Washington) and “The Eddie Kendrick’s Experience” a performance that features songs of the former Temptation.
“I can still do it with the best of the “Old Schoolers,” said Carter. “There are a few of us that can still hit that note.”
He spoke of Eddie LaVert (OJays). He has opened-up for Evelyn “Champagne” King and Billy Paul.
Today he does gigs all over big and small. The Coronavirus has slowed him a bit but next week he’s back on the road to San Antonio, Texas. He’ll be playing at various Casinos in the Southland. He even does special appearances such as birthday’s and weddings.
Yes Norman Cater still has it. If you get a chance punch your ticket to his show or hire him for your own function your guest will leave with great memories.