|They are, without a doubt, one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. They are the incredible O’Jays, and they need no other introduction.
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. The O’Jays’ recordings epitomized the Philly soul sound: smooth, rich harmonies backed by elaborate arrangements, lush strings, and a touch of contemporary funk. With their place in modern music secure, their work spawned 24 Top Ten smashes and 59 total charted songs. In addition, they continue to produce incredibly energetic and dynamic live shows.
The O’Jays were at the forefront of Seventies soul music. Racking up a lengthy string of modern R&B classics, including “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music” and “Use Ta Be My Girl,” they helped put the “Philly Soul” sound (so named for Philadelphia-based producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) on the map. By any measurement, the O’Jays are considered one of the most important Soul Music groups of the past 40 years. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. So put on your good suit, lace up your wing tips, and get ready to get down to the tight soul sound of The O’Jays.
“The O’Jays still going after 5 decades of music.”
- Palm Beach Post