La-la (means I love you)

Produced by Thom Bell and Stan Watson, written by William Hart and Thom Bell, “La-La (Means I Love You)” is a classic of Philly soul, vintage 1968, and a memorable hit for the Delfonics. What a beautiful pop song. I don’t think they make ’em like this anymore.

Hart sang the shimmering falsetto lead on the hit single. He’s had to drop it down a notch or two over the years. Watching the audience respond to the song in the video below, I sense that this song has touched more than a few hearts. I identify.

So why does “la-la” mean I love you? I take it that if you stutter, that would be the way that important sentiment might come out.


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