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Episode 78:
The O'Jays





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You guys sound so great together I used to play the drums when I was younger, Daryl no matter what you sing you put your heart and soul into it. I think it is a great thing you are doing you are helping keep music alive!! I just love music so much I just cant put it into words especially yours! You must have really been in love to write that song someone like you. Daryl I would love to meet you one day in person but I am on a fixed income or believe me I would buy a first class ticket to New York no problem. Maybe one day my dream will come true, I joined your all access club and got your mug and tee shirt what does the 15th stand for that is my birthday! I have listened to you since I was little I am now 51 years old and I still cant get enough of your Music!! Jeri Lynn Gillispie your number one Fan forever and ever. By the way you sound great with the Ojays. my bday December 15th 1967.
- posted by JeriGillispie - June 2, 2019
In 1971 when the Back Stabbers came out, my buddy got an advanced (white) copy of the album at the college radio station. At the time I had JBL Studio Monitors and Crown amplifiers. The engineering on this tune was so perfect, that even my equipment couldn't detect flaws. I also had the best SHURE cartridge available. Without question, one to the very R&B tunes ever engineered. TH
- posted by tedprism1027 - July 26, 2018
I have always liked Hall and Oats Music, and like one of post said, 40 yrs later it just rocks... The different groups are such a great ideal, I tune in as often as possible Thanks again Daryl
- posted by keithC - March 18, 2018
Wow! That was pure awesomeness. Chills down my spine to see The O Jays havin' so much fun and really feelin' it. Brilliant band too. Hats off to everybody.
- posted by Rey - November 13, 2017
Loved the back and forth at the end of BackStabbers..totally on the fly!
- posted by dddmuse - August 5, 2017
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The O'Jays
The O'Jays are touring history, a connection to an era and a sound that formed the soundtrack for the lives of several generations. The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years.

Walter Williams and Eddie Levert first met when they were the ages of 6 and 7 respectively. As teenagers in Canton, Ohio, they formed a band originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. In 1963, the band took the name "The O'Jays" in tribute to Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay. Several members have changed, but the core, original lead singers Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, continue to front the group.

In 1972, Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters with whom the O'Jays had been working for several years, signed the group to their Philadelphia International label. With this magic formula, often called The Sound of Philadelphia, The O’Jays scored the first number 1 and million-seller, “Backstabbers.” Subsequently, they succeeded with various chart-topping pop and R&B singles including “Love Train”, “Put Your Hands Together”, “For The Love of Money”, “I Love Music”, “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)”, “Livin’ For The Weekend” and “Use Ta Be My Girl.” This success propelled The O’Jays to be the first black vocal group to perform in arenas throughout America during the 70s and 80s.

Eddie and Walter have a rare lifelong bond that few of us will ever experience; friends and partners for almost 65 years. “We still appreciate our friendship, dedication to each other and the group and our love for good music." Walter continues, "We probably could have had great solo careers, but I don't think either one of us could have ever have been as big as The O'Jays." Walter Williams could be considered a hero as he has battled Multiple Sclerosis or “MS” for 30 years and continues to execute his dance moves with perfection when performing on-stage with the group. Walter is also a volunteer National Ambassador for the MS Society and a spokesperson for MS Active Source. Eddie Levert is known for his raspy voice and has a range that takes him from alto to second tenor. Levert teamed up with his son Gerald for a duet on “Baby Hold On To Me”, which hit number one on the R&B charts. Eddie has also mentored his very successful sons Gerald and Sean who became major forces in the music industry.

The O'Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored with BET's Life Time Achievement Award in 2009. In 2013, they were inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. Today, the songs of The O’Jays are still being used in many movies, commercials and TV shows. “For The Love of Money” continues to be the theme song for “The Apprentice.”

Eddie Levert Sr., Walter Williams Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the group in 1995, continue to thrill fans today. Throughout their career The O'Jays have achieved 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albums and 10 #1 hits. It's been a long journey but thanks to the fans the LOVE TRAIN is still going strong!
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