With chart-topping hits like “Backstabbers,” “Love Train”, “Put Your Hands Together”, “For The Love of Money”, and “Livin’ For The Weekend” and “Use ta Be My Girl,” The O’Jays helped define that magic formula known as The Sound of Philadelphia. Founding members Walter Williams and Eddie Levert first met at the tender ages of 6 and 7, and nearly 70 years later enjoy a rare lifelong bond that few of us will ever experience, but that shines through in their inimitable harmonies.
The band took the name “The O’Jays” in tribute to Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay and in 1972 were signed to Philadelphia International Records by the influential producing and songwriting team of Gamble & Huff. The rest has been music history: the band has earned 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albums and 10 Number One hits, and became the first black vocal group to perform in arenas throughout America during the 1970s and 80s. The O’Jays were inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005, and honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.