Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 2005
It was in 1957 when Eddie
LeVert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles began as a quintet
called The Triumphs of McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio. In 1960,
they became The Mascots but were renamed The O'Jays in 1963 after
legendary radio D. J., Eddie O'Jay.
Things began to take off for the group when they
signed with Imperial Records in 1963 and achieved their first hit,
"Lonely Drifter." This was followed by several hit singles
and the release of their debut album in 1965, "Comin'
Through." The O'Jays had released one more record,
"Soul Sounds," in 1967 when they met songwriters and
producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The group soon recorded on
Gamble and Huff's Neptune label as a quartet (Isles departed in 1967).
Massey left the group in 1972 and the trio united with Gamble and Huff
on Philadelphia International Records recording some of the best
R&B/pop hits ever. It was on the Philadelphia International label
that The O'Jays' career skyrocketed.
Their muscular vocal stylings, combined with their awesome showmanship
have enabled The O'Jays to perform to sellout crowds worldwide.
For the next seven years after the 1972 release of "Back
Stabbers," The O'Jays had a gold or platinum record every
year and garnered three Grammy nominations for Best R&B Vocal
In 1990, the group won an American Music Award for
Favorite R&B Group or Duo for their hit album, "Emotionally
Yours." With six platinum and eight gold LPs including,
in Our Music," "Ship
Full of Love" and "Travelin'
at the Speed of Thought," the talented trio has proven the test of time.
With more than 50 hit singles released in their 40 year career, few
people have earned the right to be called "living legends." The
O'Jays have earned that right!
The O'Jays have been a soul music staple for more than 40
years. Newest member, Eric Grant, is proud to be included as part of The
Hit songs include --
- Back Stabbers
- Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)
- Give The People What They Want
- Have You Had Your Love Today
- I Love Music
- Livin' For The Weekend
- Love Train
- Lovin' You
- Message In Our Music
- Stairway To Heaven
- Use Ta Be My Girl
- Don't Let Me Down
- Put Your Hands Together
- Time To Get Down
- For The Love of Money
- Girl, Don't Let It Get You Down
- Forever Mine
- Keep On Loving Me
- Emotionally Yours
The O'Jays may be available for your next special event!
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Formed: ..in Ohio
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