THE O'JAYS are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles.
THE O'JAYS made their first chart appearance with "Lonely Drifter" in 1963, but reached their greatest level of success once Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, signed them to their Philadelphia International label in 1972. With Gamble & Huff, The O'Jays (now a trio after the death of Powell and the departure of Isles and Massey) emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped many charts worldwide the following year with "Love Train". Numerous other hits followed through the 1970s and into the 80s and 90s, including "Put Your Hands Together", "For The Love Of Money", "I Love Music", "Livin' For The Weekend", and "Use Ta Be My Girl".
THE O'JAYS were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Sadly, William Powell died of cancer on 26th May 1977, at the age of 35 !
"Back Stabbers" (1972)
"Love Train" (1973)
"Put Your Hands Together" (1973)
"For The Love Of Money" (1974)
"I Love Music" (1975)
"Message In Our Music" (1976)
"Use Ta Be My Girl" (1978)
"Forever Mine" (1979)
"Put Our Hands Together" (1983)
"Don't Let Me Down" (1991)
"Emotionally Yours" (1991)
"Let's Ride" (2001)
Jul 20 - Seneca Niagara Events Center, Niagara Falls, NY (USA)
Jul 27 - Evans Amphitheater, Cleveland Heights, OH (USA)
Jul 28 - Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Aug 03 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Aug 04 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Aug 08 - Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX (USA)
Aug 10 - Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA (USA)
Aug 11 - Richmond Jazz Festival at Baymont, Richmond, VA (USA)
Aug 12 - Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA (USA)
Aug 15 - Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA (USA)
Aug 18 - RiverEdge Park, Aurora, IL (USA)
Aug 24 - Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Coney Island, NY (USA)
Aug 25 - Pier 17, New York, NY (USA)
Aug 26 - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI (USA)
Aug 31 - Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa, Reno, NV (USA)
Sep 01 - Amphitheater at Thunder Valley Casino & Resort, Lincoln, CA (USA)
Oct 13 - Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL (USA)
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