The O'Jays, Ohio’s sensational R&B and soul music artists are bringing their signature sounds to the Heinz Hall!
The O'Jays were formed in Canton (Ohio) in 1958 by Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey, and Bill Isles. They were schoolmates at Canton McKinley High School and first called themselves The Triumphs and then The Mascots. They started to call themselves The O’Jays in 1963 as a tribute to Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay. Their 1963 single (Lonely Drifter) became their first to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (peaking at #93) and they released their debut album (Comin’ Through) shortly thereafter. They kept honing their craft throughout the 1960’s and had minor hits such as Lipstick Traces, Stand In For Love, Stand Tall, Let It All Out, and many more. However, they failed to make it into the US top 40 and by the early 70s, they were thinking of calling it quits. In 1972, the group’s production and songwriting team (consisting of Kenneth Gamble and Leon A. Huff) got them a record deal with Philadelphia International after which they finally saw mainstream success. They went on to have a stellar career with 29 studio albums, 1 live album, 20 compilation albums, and 92 singles.
Don’t miss your chance to see the most consistent and durable hit makers of the 1970s Philly soul movement, driven by Gamble-Huff's lush strings and touches of contemporary funk!