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RIP, Major Harris (November 9, 2012) Philly Soul Singer

Posted by themusicsover on November 9, 2012

Major Harris
February 9, 1947 -November 9, 2012

Major Harris was a singer of what is commonly referred to as Philly Soul.  Born into a musical family in Richmond, Virginia, Harris learned from his father, a guitarist, and his mother, a singer.  He began his career singing in such vocal groups as the Charmers, the Jarmels, and the Teenagers.  By the early ’70s, Harris was singing in the Delfonics, replacing Randy Cain.  In 1974, he left the Delfonics to pursue a solo career.  That first year, he scored a moderate disco hit with “Each Morning I Wake Up,” and the following year, he hit big with “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” which shot to #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on the pop charts.  The single was certified Gold in the US.  In later years, Harris rejoined the Delfonics who toured the oldies and Northern Soul circuits throughout the ’90s and 2000s.  Major Harris passed away from congestive heart and lung failure on November 9, 2012.  He was 65.

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