The O'Jays

The O'Jays

The epitome of Philly Soul.

Founded

1958 in Canton, OH

Full Name

Date of Birth

1958 in Canton, OH

Still Alive

Date of Death

Influenced By

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Temptations, The Four Tops

Later Influenced

LeVert, Bell Biv DeVoe, D'Angelo, Maxwell, Hall & Oates, The Roots

The O'Jays, 1979, Millrun Playhouse Theater in the Round, Niles, Illinois.
The O'Jays, 1979, Millrun Playhouse Theater in the Round, Niles, Illinois.

About The artist

"Rivaled only by the Spinners as soul's greatest vocal group of the '70s, the O'Jays are one of Philadelphia soul's most popular and long-lived outfits. The O'Jays' prime recordings epitomize the Philly soul sound: smooth, rich harmonies backed by elaborate arrangements, lush strings, and a touch of contemporary funk."
Steve Huey for Allmusic.com

Notable Members:

Eddie LeVert, Walter Williams, Eric Grant, William Powell, Sammy Strain

Did you know...

The original members of The O'Jays (Eddie LeVert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bill Isles, and Bobby Massey) attended McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio. They were inspired to form a singing group after seeing Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers perform.

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