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Canton, Ohio, USA (1963 – present)

The O’Jays are an American R&B group (from Canton, Ohio, USA) formed in 1963 and one of the seminal Philly soul groups.

The O’Jays originally consisting of Walter Williams (b. August 25, 1942), Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell (January 20, 1942–May 26, 1977) and Eddie Levert (b. 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 trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) had their first hit with “Lonely Drifter”, in 1963. In spite of the record’s 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, and topped the U.S. singles charts the following year with their anthemic “Love Train”.

They formed the group in Canton, Ohio in 1958 while attending Canton McKinley High School. Originally known as The Triumphs, and then The Mascots, the friends began recording with “Miracles” in 1961, which was a moderate hit in the Cleveland area. In 1963 they took the name “The O’Jays”, in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay (Toop, 1991), and released “Lonely Drifter”, which charted nationally. Their debut LP was Comin’ Through.


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  • SSBN623

    gents, did you file an extension . . . see those three they always liked . . . pull out . . . no she needs extra protein injections . . . it cures several diseases so i fired the o'jays

    4 May 7:30pm Reply
  • KingNoCrown

    One of my all time favorite groups.

    19 Apr 8:44pm Reply
  • heyluana


    17 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • SSBN623

    tonto i don't speak cunaiform . . . use form 1099 part b ,rev c ,addendum 7 - - - independent contractor . . . tonto i thought you was goin' to town ?? GO TO HELL AND SIGN HERE . . . the lone ranger headed to the dark . . deep / / / real deep black of night with his silver spoon

    9 Feb 1:40am Reply
  • SSBN623

    gents, i'm plannin' on usin' this tune as tax day approaches . . . . to save people from jumpin' off bridges, buildings and such . . . it is our civic duty ! Long live the IRS !@#

    28 Jan 3:58pm Reply
  • Brannu

    Cleveland ….

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DickBigems

    Probably the best group of their kind, and I'm not just talking about in Philly.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JuttaE

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Elaiinne

    People of the world, join hands.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • chapter3

    So damn solid

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • allstarz16

    <3 The O'Jays

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • satan_88_level


    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • matt_ingham

    Ship Ahoy - one of the best is getting a 40th anniversary edition release from big break records

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mackcee

    man surely missed his son

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • LaMusicLovr

    Phenomenal ensemble.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • wangyu199x


    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • madeaz

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • luvmotown

    The sound of Philadelphia. Never been there, but I feel like I have after listening to all the great music that came from there back in the 70's. Way to go you guys. Great song!

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    I Love Music <33333333333

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • TCBProject

    Can't beat Philly for soul! Get onna board the Luv train!

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
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