Harris passed away on Friday morning from congestive heart and lung failure after being taken to the hospital. Catherine Thomas, Harrisâ€™s sister, confirmed reports with the Associated Press.
Harris was born February 9, 1947. Thomas says, music played a major part in his life at a very young age. She shared memories of her brother: â€œIn his teens, Harris was tall for his age and was able to get into clubs to watch musicians perform,â€ she said. â€œHe always appeared to be older, which gave him a lot of ins to a lot of older places.â€
This is where Harris began pursuing his music career.Â Thomas explained, music â€œwas his life.â€
Harris was a member of many popular music groups in the 1960s, such as Frankie Lymonâ€™s Teenagers, the Charmers, and Nat Turnerâ€™s Rebellion.
Harris joined the Delfonics in the early 1970s, where he replaced Randy Cain. The soulful group is well-known for their hits â€œLa-La (Means I Love You)â€ and â€œDidnâ€™t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).â€
He later left the group in 1974 to pursue a solo career. He released several R&B singles, including â€œLove Wonâ€™t Let Me Wait,â€ which peaked at No. 5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.Â According to Thomas, one of Harrisâ€™s final performances was at a Delfonics reunion show in 2011.