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Encyclopedia > The O'Jays
The O'Jays
Background information
Also known as The Triumphs, The Mascots
Origin Canton, OH, USA
Genre(s) Philadelphia soul, Quiet storm
Years active 1958 to present
Members
Eddie Levert
Walter Williams
Eric Grant
Former members
Bill Isles
Bobby Massey
William Powell (deceased)
Sammy Strain
Nathaniel Best

The O'Jays is a popular Philadelphia soul group, originally consisting of Walter Williams (born August 25, 1942), Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell (January 20, 1942 - May 26, 1977) and Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942). The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. The O'Jays (now a quartet after the departure of Isles) had their first hit with "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)"; in spite of its success, the group was considering quitting the music business until Gamble & Huff, a legendary team of producers and songwriters, took an interest in the group. With Gamble & Huff, the O'Jays emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with Back Stabbers (1972), a huge pop hit. Canton is a city located in Stark County, Ohio. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... Smokey Robinsons 1975 hit single provided the name for the quiet storm radio programming format and the music category. ... Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942 in Bessemer, Alabama) is an American singer, and is the lead singer of the soul/funk band The OJays. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942 in Bessemer, Alabama) is an American singer, and is the lead singer of the soul/funk band The OJays. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum and institution in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential... Kenneth Gamble (born on August 11, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Leon Huff (born in 1942 in Camden, New Jersey) are an American songwriting and record production team. ... Back Stabbers is an August 1972 album by the Philadelphia soul group The OJays and is widely considered their best album. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties...

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Career

They formed the group in Canton, Ohio in 1958 while attending high school. Originally known as The Triumphs, followed by The Mascots, the friends began recording with "Miracles" in 1961, which was a moderate hit in the Cleveland area. They took the name "the O'Jays", in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay (Toop, 1991), in 1963 and released "Lonely Drifter", which charted nationally. Their debut LP was Comin' Through. Throughout the 1960s, they continued to chart with songs such as "Lipstick Traces", "Stand In For Love", and "One Night Affair", along with several other regional & national Pop & R&B hits. In 1972, they finally scored with their first million-seller, "Back Stabbers", from the gold album of the same name. By this time, original member Bobby Massey had departed , leaving the group a trio. This album also produced several more hit singles, including "992 Arguments", "Sunshine", "Time To Get Down", and the # 1 Pop smash, "Love Train". Canton is a city in Stark County, Ohio, United States. ... See also: 1957 in music, other events of 1958, 1959 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Little Richard begins attending classes at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama February 14 - The Iranian government bans rock & roll because they claim that the form... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina dAmpezzo... Love Train was a 1973 hit record for the The OJays. ...


During the remainder of the 1970s, the O'Jays continued releasing chart-topping singles, including "Put Your Hands Together", "For the Love of Money", "Give the People What They Want", "Let Me Make Love To You", "I Love Music", "Livin' For The Weekend", "Message In Our Music", and "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love)". Original member William Powell died of cancer in 1977. For The Love Of Money is a late 1973 chart-topping single by The OJays, from the album Ship Ahoy. ... I Love Music is a disco song written by Gamble and Huff and recorded by The OJays. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ...


After adding Sammy Strain (born December 9, 1941) (of Little Anthony & the Imperials), the O'Jays continued recording, though with limited success. 1978's "Use Ta Be My Girl" was their final Top Five hit, though they continued scraping the bottom of the R&B charts throughout the 1980s. Let Me Touch You (1987) was a breakthrough of sorts, and included the #1 R&B hit "Lovin' You". Though they continued charting on the R&B charts in the late 80s and early 1990s, the O'Jays never again achieved pop success. In 1992, Sammy Strain left the group, and returned to the Imperials, to be replaced by Nathaniel Best, and later, by Eric Grant. Later in the 90s, the group did little recording, though they remained a popular live draw. Their latest album is Imagination in 2004. is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Little Anthony & The Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from New York, first active in the 1950s. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... See also: 1986 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ...

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In 2005, the O'Jays were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2006, the O'Jays performed at the ESPY awards, hosted by Lance Armstrong. The O'Jays will be appearing on a charity single which is being organized by Michael Jackson. "For the Love Of Money" is the theme song to the hit reality TV show The Apprentice, starring Donald Trump. Image File history File links Back_Stabbers_1. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The ESPY Awards are a set of annual sports awards given out by the ESPN sports television channel in the United States since 1993. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... The Apprentice is a television franchise that originated in 2004 in the United States. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-nominated American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. ...


Discography

Main article: The O'Jays discography

This is a discography for the recordings of R&B/soul group The OJays The OJays in Philadelphia (1969) - US #156, R&B #37 Back Stabbers (1972) - US #10, R&B #3 Ship Ahoy (1973) - US #11, R&B #1 The OJays Live in London (1974) - US...

Top Fourty U.S. Pop Hits

  • "Back Stabbers" (1972) - US #3
  • "Love Train" (1973) - US #1
  • "Time To Get Down" (1973) - US #33
  • "Put Your Hands Together" (1973) - US #10
  • "For The Love Of Money" (1974) - US #9
  • "I Love Music" (1975) - US #5
  • "Livin' For The Weekend" (1976) - US #20
  • "Use Ta Be My Girl" (1978) - US #4
  • "Forever Mine (1980) - US #28

Love Train was a 1973 hit record for the The OJays. ... For The Love Of Money is a late 1973 chart-topping single by The OJays, from the album Ship Ahoy. ...

See also

This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ... This article needs to be wikified. ...

References

  • Toop, David (1991). Rap Attack 2: African Rap To Global Hip Hop. New York. New York: Serpent's Tail. ISBN 1-85242-243-2.

David Toop (born 1949) is a musician, author, and as of 2001 was visiting Research Fellow at the London Media School. ...

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