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The O'Jays

The O'Jays were one of Philadelphia soul's most popular and long-lived outfits, rivaled only by the Spinners as soul's greatest vocal group of the '70s. In their prime, the O'Jays' recordings epitomized the Philly soul sound: smooth, rich harmonies backed by elaborate arrangements, lush strings, and a touch of contemporary funk. They worked extensively with the legendary production/songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, becoming the flagship artist of the duo's Philadelphia International label. The O'Jays were equally at home singing sweet love ballads or uptempo dance tunes, the latter of which were often mouthpieces for Gamble & Huff's social concerns. Although the O'Jays couldn't sustain their widespread popularity in the post-disco age, they have continued to record steadily all the way up to the present day, modifying their production to keep up with the times.

The O'Jays were formed in 1958 in Canton, OH, where all five original members -- Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bill Isles, and Bobby Massey -- attended McKinley High School. Inspired to start a singing group after seeing a performance by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, they first called themselves the Triumphs, then switched to the Mascots in 1960. The Mascots made their recording debut in 1961 with the single "Miracles," issued on the Cincinnati-based King label. It earned them a fan in the influential Cleveland DJ Eddie O'Jay, who gave them some airplay and career advice; in turn, the group renamed itself the O'Jays in 1963, after having recorded for Apollo Records with producer Don Davis. Under their new name, the O'Jays signed with Imperial and hooked up with producer H.B. Barnum, who would helm their first charting single, 1963's "Lonely Drifter," plus several more singles that followed. Isles left the group in 1965 and was not replaced, leaving them a quartet; late in the year, they released their first-ever album, Comin' Through. In 1967, the O'Jays left Imperial for Bell, where they landed their first Top Ten single on the R&B charts, "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)." Discouraged by the difficulty of following that success, the group members considered throwing in the towel until they met Gamble & Huff -- then working as a production team for the Neptune label -- in 1968. Gamble & Huff took an interest in the group, and they recorded several successful R&B singles together; however, Neptune folded in 1971, leaving the O'Jays in limbo, and Massey decided to exit the group.

Fortunately, Gamble & Huff formed their own label, Philadelphia International, and made the O'Jays -- now a trio -- one of their first signings. The O'Jays' label debut, Back Stabbers, released in 1972, became a classic landmark of Philly soul, and finally made them stars; the paranoid title track hit the pop Top Five, and the utopian "Love Train" went all the way to number one (both singles topped the R&B charts). It was the beginning of a remarkable run that produced nearly 30 chart singles over the course of the '70s, plus a series of best-selling albums and a bevy of number one hits on the R&B charts. The O'Jays followed up their breakthrough with another classic LP, Ship Ahoy, in 1973; it featured the number one R&B hit "For the Love of Money," a funky protest number that still ranks as one of their signature songs, as well as the ten-minute title track, an ambitious suite recounting the ocean journeys of African slaves. Released in 1975, Survival was another hit, spinning off the hits "Let Me Make Love to You" and the R&B number one "Give the People What They Want." Family Reunion found the O'Jays making concessions to the emerging disco sound, which got them their third Top Five pop hit in "I Love Music, Pt. 1." Unfortunately, William Powell was diagnosed with cancer that year, and although he continued to record with the group for a time (appearing on 1976's Message in Our Music), he was forced to retire from live performing, and passed away on May 26, 1977.

Powell's replacement was Sammy Strain, a 12-year veteran of Little Anthony & the Imperials. The O'Jays regrouped on the albums Travelin' at the Speed of Thought (1977) and So Full of Love (1978), the latter of which produced their final Top Five pop hit, "Use ta Be My Girl." Released in 1979, Identify Yourself began to show signs of wear and tear in the group's successful formula, and often consciously attempted to follow disco trends. Although it sold respectably, it marked the beginning of a decline in the O'Jays' commercial fortunes. Undaunted by the increasingly diminished returns of their early-'80s LPs, the group kept plugging away, and never completely disappeared from the R&B charts. They finally left Philadelphia International and signed with EMI for 1987's Let Me Touch You, which melded their classic sound with up-to-date urban-R&B production. Powered by the Gamble & Huff-penned R&B number one "Lovin' You," as well as the increased visibility of Eddie Levert's sons Gerald and Sean (two-thirds of the hit urban group LeVert), the album gave their career a much-needed shot in the arm.

Released in 1989, Serious supplied another big R&B hit in "Have You Had Your Love Today?"; with Nathaniel Best replacing Sammy Strain, 1991's Emotionally Yours and 1993's Heartbreaker also placed very well on the R&B charts. The O'Jays' comeback didn't really extend to the pop side, and didn't attract the sort of critical praise earned by their '70s classics; as the new jack swing craze subsided, so did the O'Jays' recording activity, though they remained consistent draws on the live circuit. In 1997, now with Eric Grant joining Levert and Williams, they returned with Love You to Tears. A recording layoff followed, during which the O'Jays signed with MCA; they debuted for the label with For the Love..., which was released in 2001. Imagination followed in 2004 on Sanctuary Records, while a new holiday album, Christmas with the O'Jays, appeared in 2010 from Saguaro Road Records. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life if you don't repost this you die in to days now you've started reading so don't stop this is so scary on five songs in 143 minutes your lovers name will appear big letters on the screen this is scary but actually works
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Life is too short to play distorted music this trax is for those who can really identify today taste
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Love me some O Jays
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great music
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This Song Brings all the memories of love N lost of the ones someday you will see again in time so love N cherish the ones that are still here.
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Now this is music, she used to my girl..
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Hmmmmm. .mm. : ) TARA, you were supposed to be MINE.
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❤️❤️❤️❤️ looooovvvvve e e e e ! ! ! !
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One of the best group out there. This is music back in the day loving it
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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Yes...I Love Music...espe c i a l l y by the O'Jays
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Old school time
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One of musics all time great groups
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Old school jam love it!
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Loving You....how can you not love this song. O'Jays simple the best
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Party music busstop
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Some people do bad things, bad things, bad things bad things ,bad things, bad things to get it! Get money!!!!
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memories of driving my 74 camero lowriding on whittier blvd all the beautiful ladies on the blvd memories
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The beautiful memories The O'Jays bring... Love Them ♡♡♡♡
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Love it.
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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Oh, man! I haven't heard this song in FOREVER!!! Your body is here with me, but your mind is on the other side of town.
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This is absolutely a CLASSIC!
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Love the o'Jays
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Love
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Love u O'jays always
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That's my s**t
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Real words to sing by!
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l am so happy to found all of these great songs. There is nothing like the oldies, never be again
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dragonlady60 8 8
Forever..min e . . . . . w o w . . t h e s e songs stay in our hearts and soul...forev e r . . " " "
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Back Stabbers: Now see there's a song that goes with this song by Angie Stone that I used to sing called Wish I Didn't Miss You' Both of these songs are really great songs.
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When I am feeling in need I turns up these songs they have carefully written for real women like myself
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My favorite song
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O'Jays n the Day's was the "Boom"
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We cry'd together, was all i ever wanted to hear. ....1979
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Oh last night oh sweet last night we cry together were not the only people who go through ups and down in this world. .. love this song that's what's up real music love THE O' Jays ;)
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Remind me of mutdear & minnanna
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This music is real to the heart. Today's music all the same no meaning.
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Best love songs ever
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I love this music thank you
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dragonlady60 8 8
Best era...best music.....!! !
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Yeah. This music gets me through VERY STRESSFUL work days!!!!
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The best ever
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I may have been a little tot when they came out but Good music relaxes the mind,body,th e soul. So delightful
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The ojays are not from Philly their from Cleveland Ohio they produced records etc in Philly but their Cleveland brothers
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Love Motown and the Sound of Philadelphia
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Listening to Still Waters Run Deep. .STILL...
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Hello I am 'JAMMIN'..AL L day. Great way to unwind . Love you O'Jays
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She fights it ......

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