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La-La (Means I Love You)

"La-La (Means I Love You)" is an R&B/soul song by American vocal group The Delfonics. Released on January 26, 1968 by Philly Groove Records, the song was written by Thom Bell and William Hart, and produced by Bell and Stan Watson.

"La-La (Means I Love You)"
La-La Means I Love You - The Delfonics.jpg
Single by The Delfonics
from the album La La Means I Love You
B-side"Can't Get Over Losing You"
ReleasedJanuary 26, 1968
Format7" single
GenreR&B, soul, Philadelphia soul
LabelPhilly Groove
Songwriter(s)Thom Bell, William Hart
Producer(s)Thom Bell, Stan Watson
The Delfonics singles chronology
"You've Been Untrue"
"La-La (Means I Love You)"
"I'm Sorry"


The song was a number four U.S. Billboard pop,[1] number two R&B in 1968, and number 19 UK pop single in 1971. The song is one of the Delfonics' most enduring recordings and perhaps their best loved, seeing a number of cover versions as well.

Pop cultureEdit

The song was featured in Spike Lee's 1994 film, Crooklyn. It also appeared in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 film, Jackie Brown. Nicolas Cage sang this song to Téa Leoni in the 2000 film, The Family Man.

In 2004, rapper Ghostface Killah also sampled "La-La" for his song "Holla" from his album, The Pretty Toney Album. Swing Out Sister covered the song on their 1994 album, The Living Return, and Prince covered the song for his 1996 album, Emancipation.

Other versionsEdit

Egyptian rock group Les Petits Chats (aka The Cats) released a version b/w "With a Little Help from My Friend" in 1971 on the Sono Cairo label.[2][3]

Alton Ellis and the Flames recorded a rocksteady version in 1968 on the Jamaican Supersonics label.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s covered an instrumental version of the song in their 1968 album, Soul Limbo.

The Jackson 5 covered the song in their 1970 album, ABC.

Todd Rundgren covered the song in his 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star.

Samantha Sang covered "La-La (Means I Love You)" on her 1978 LP, Emotion.

Minnesota band The Jets covered this song for their 1985 self-titled debut album.

Tatsuro Yamashita covered the song on his 1989 album, Joy: Tatsuro Yamashita Live.

The Cantonese version of the song was sung by Grasshopper in 1992.

Swing Out Sister covered the song in their 1994 album The Living Return.

The Manhattan Transfer covered the song in their 1995 album Tonin'

Prince covered the song in his 1996 album Emancipation, retitling the song "La, La, La Means 👁 Love U".